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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 8, 2006

'Momentum Plus' Initiative Seeks To Encourage Diversity Outreach

University of Iowa Vice President for Research Meredith Hay and Provost Michael Hogan have announced the creation of the Iowa Promise Momentum Plus initiative, a program that will offer competitive grants to UI researchers, scholars and artists seeking to incorporate diversity outreach in their work. 

Named for The Iowa Promise, the UI strategic plan for 2005-2010, the new initiative will award supplemental grants to individuals who have already competed successfully for external funding and who want to enhance a funded project with an additional diversity component. 

"I am very excited about this initiative," Hay said. "Through the Iowa Promise Momentum Plus initiative, The University of Iowa can begin to influence the way colleges and universities think about diversity in their research endeavors."

Examples of diversity outreach include K-12 programming with students from diverse communities; career exploration programming; K-12 teacher enrichment programs; research opportunities including lab work, fieldwork, or professional development; service learning opportunities that place current Iowa students in diverse communities; or collaborative work with minority-serving institutions.

"Increasing diversity in everything that we do is one of the key goals of The Iowa Promise," said Hogan. "It is essential to the educational experience and central to all parts of the university's mission, including our research, scholarly and artistic endeavors."

The Momentum Plus grants are intended to facilitate an integrated approach to advancing goals in the five key focus areas of The Iowa Promise: undergraduate education, graduate and professional education and research, diversity, vitality and engagement.

"The point of the Momentum Plus program is to encourage all of us to think of ways to incorporate diversity outreach into our everyday research, scholarship and artistic efforts," said Marcella David, interim associate provost for diversity, who will coordinate the award process. "I am confident that UI scholars and researchers will have many terrific ideas for diversity outreach." 

She encourages anyone looking for some help coming up with those great ideas, though, to contact Opportunity at Iowa, Women in Science and Engineering, Support Service Programs, or one of the many other UI offices that work with diverse communities on and off campus to learn more about ongoing efforts.

The program, which aims to distribute a total of $20,000 in supplemental grants this fiscal year, is available only to faculty, staff and students submitting successful external grant applications or renewals in the current fiscal year.

Details on the submission process are available at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Marcella David, associate provost for diversity and director, Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555,