Student Support

Academic advising

The first level of support is your academic advisor. Your academic advisor is there to help you make the most of your experience at Iowa State from the beginning.  Academic advisors help prospective students and their families learn about the program, help new students become oriented to the department and university, and support current students throughout their time in the program if they have questions, concerns, or seek help planning for the future.  Your advisor can support you by connecting you with resources on campus and in the community and by helping you to develop decision-making, problem-solving, and self-advocacy skills. Samantha Robinson-Adams works with undergraduate students who are majoring and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Career planning

As a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), you have the support of an entire career services team available to you. From creating your first resume to finding your first internship or negotiating a job offer, the LAS Career Services team will help you jump start your career, before you graduate.


The Women’s and Gender Studies program offers scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline for applying for either of these scholarships is annually on April 1st. Both of these scholarships can be applied through Iowa State’s One App. They will appear in the recommended list after you complete the general application. Other university and college scholarships will also be recommended when filling out the One App.

Linda Galyon Undergraduate Scholarship

The Linda Galyon Undergraduate Scholarship is named after Dr. Linda Galyon, the leader of the Women’s Studies Program from its origins in the 1970s to the 1990s when it became a degree-granting academic program at ISU. This scholarship is intended to support an undergraduate student majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies at Iowa State University. In order to be considered for this $1,000 scholarship, students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors, enrolled as a student during Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. WGS will award two scholarships for next year. Selection is based on demonstrated commitment to the field of women’s and gender studies. Financial need will also be considered.

Graduate Student Scholarship in honor of Randie Camp

This scholarship is named in honor of Randie Camp, a graduate teaching assistant in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program in 2020. This scholarship is intended to support graduate students pursuing a Master’s or a Ph.D. degree and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Iowa State University. The scholarship of $1000 will provide assistance to students enrolled during Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. WGS will award two scholarships for next year. Preference will be given to students who engage in the field of women’s and gender studies and enhance women’s contributions to the advancement of knowledge. Recipients must demonstrate financial need.


Connections and experiences

ParadeLearning Communities provide peer support across many different degrees, programs and interests. You can find out more information about the many different learning communities at

Iowa State is also home to many other different clubs and organizations, many of which are available to students in any major. Visit the ISU Student Organizations website to find something that interests you!

The university also provides a comprehensive network of academic supporthealth and safety resources, and supportive communities.