Each year, the NCORE-ISCORE Project Office accepts applications from Iowa State students interested in attending the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). Students then present new knowledge gained from their NCORE experience at the Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) the following year.

Benefits from NCORE-ISCORE Project

This year-long developmental program on race and ethnicity includes attendance at and participation in NCORE, taking UST 321—a course designed to expand your knowledge of issues around race and provide you with tools to deliver a thought-provoking presentation at ISCORE. Other benefits students can look forward to include:

  • Developing leadership skills.
  • Becoming more aware of your own racial identity development.
  • Networking with students and professionals from across the country.
  • Getting to know more faculty and staff members at ISU.
  • Building positive mentoring and peer relationships.
  • UT 321 course completes an ISU diversity requirement.
  • Expenses are covered for travel and stay at NCORE.


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Applying for the NCORE-ISCORE Project

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the NCORE-ISCORE initiative, students must:

  • Be interested in promoting racial and ethnic harmony.
  • Be enrolled full-time at ISU at the time of application and during the following academic year
  • Be a first, second, or third-year undergraduate student at Iowa State University.
  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Be available to attend mandatory NCORE pre-conference orientation meetings
  • Be available to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (May 31st - June 4 2022) 
    • Attend and fully participate in a minimum of 20 session hours
    • Attend and fully participate in all evening group and team meetings
  • Enroll in University Studies 321 in the fall (3:40–5:30 pm on Thursdays).
  • Attend monthly team meetings during spring 2021, in preparation for ISCORE (dates and times TBA).
  • Present at ISCORE on Friday, March 3, 2023 

Application Requirements

  • An essay that specifically addresses
    • Your academic interests and achievements.
    • Your leadership interests and experience.
    • Your reasons for wanting to attend and participate in NCORE.
  • A résumé.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member.
  • A list of courses planned to take in the fall semester. If you are applying to a professional program in your college (Architecture, Graphic Design, Athletic Training, etc.), please also list the courses you would need to take if admitted. Please indicate if you are planning to take a course that would be in conflict with UST 321.

Application Timeline

  • Application Due: January 28, 2022
  • Application Review and Phone Interviews: February, 2022