Veteran Innovation Series: Ideas at Work

Thank you to all who came out for the Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support 2022 Veteran Innovation Series Student Lecture, stay tuned for our announcement of the Fall 2022 VIS lecture.




Veteran Education, Transition, and Support 2022 Veteran Innovation Series Student Lecture

Wednesday, March 30, 2022      4-5:30 p.m.

Iowa theater, Iowa Memorial Union


University of Iowa Graduate Student Speakers

 Jacob Schillo | Genetics PhD Candidate  


 Valentine Soto | Neuroscience PhD student

Valentine Soto

About the Veteran Innovation Series

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 students, and to provide UI 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.


The Veteran Innovation Series is hosted by Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support (IVETS) with generous support for 2021-2022 events from the College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Carver College of Medicine, Office of the President, College of Public Health, Graduate College, and University College.

Become a VIS Speaker

Who's eligible to apply?

All currently enrolled 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

Speakers for the Spring 2022 event have already been selected. Check back in early 2023 for the next application cycle.

Email with questions. 

What happens if I'm selected?

IVETS will select two students from the spring 2022 applicants in March 2022. Applications due March 8, 2022. VIS speakers will give a 30-minute virtual presentation, open to the university and surrounding community, in April. There will be a 30-minute combined Q & A with the audience immediately following the presentations. 

 Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support 2021 Veteran Innovation Series Lecture

Picture of Dan Futrell

Dan Futrell

CEO, Pat Tillman Foundation

November 12, 2021

Old Capitol Senate Chambers

About the Speaker

After a life begun in turbulence and foster care, Dan benefitted from social systems and individuals that went above and beyond for his growth. He grew up in a single-parent household where education was always elevated as the path out of hardship and toward opportunity.

Upon graduating from Gonzaga University’s ROTC program, Dan served five years as a Ranger-qualified Infantry Officer as a platoon leader, company commander, and aide-de-camp. His most notable deployment was for 15 months with 3-2 Stryker Brigade in 2006-07, where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Post-military, Dan earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University where he was selected as a 2011 Tillman Scholar and a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow. Since then, he served for six years as an elected official on a local school board serving a 5,000-child school district supporting a community made up by half of families who qualify for free & reduced lunch, an indicator of poverty.

In 2019, he accepted the charge to take the Pat Tillman Foundation forward into its next chapter uniting and empowering veterans and military spouses as the next generation of leaders.

Veteran Innovation Series

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