Veteran Innovation Series: Ideas at Work

The Veteran Innovation Series brings Veterans who are some of the most successful innovators in their field to the University of Iowa to build connections with our graduate and professional students, and to provide UI graduate student Veterans with the opportunity to share their expertise. Speakers share stories of innovations, creativity, and problem-solving, helping us reimagine what it means to be a military Veteran in the twenty-first century. The Veteran Innovation Series is open to the public. 

Each 90-minute seminar features either a speaker with a large platform to share their journey toward innovation, or two graduate student Veterans from the University of Iowa. The series provides the opportunity for graduate student Veterans in our community to collaborate across disciplines, promote their research, and network with successful Veterans whose innovation has given them a broader platform.   

The Veteran Innovation Series is hosted by Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support (IVETS) with generous support for the spring 2021 events from the Graduate College, the Tippie College of Business, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in Carver College of Medicine, and the Office of the Vice President for Research

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Become a VIS Speaker

Who's eligible to apply?

All currently enrolled graduate and professional students at the University of Iowa who are Veterans of the US military or currently serving in the US military are eligible to apply.

Successful applicants will: 

  • Share their research in an accessible, approachable way for non-experts in their field
  • Articulate why their research is innovative and why it matters, e.g. what work it is doing in the world
  • Receive a $200 honorarium upon completion of their participation in the event

Applications are currently closed for the spring 2021 semester. Check back in August to apply for the fall 2021 event. Email Chelsea Burk at with questions. 

What happens if I'm selected?

IVETS will select two graduate and professional students from the fall 2021 applicants in September 2021. Applications are due by Friday, September 17, 2021. VIS speakers will be announced by Friday, September 24. VIS speakers will give a 30-minute virtual presentation, open to the university and surrounding community, in October. There will be a 30-minute combined Q & A with the audience immediately following the presentations.