Spring 2024 applications open on February 19 and close March 22

The event is April 6 from 9am-2pm in the Iowa Memorial Union. Breakfast and lunch are included. 

The Student Leadership Institute brings together engineering students who are looking to expand on their knowledge of leadership to steer their experiences and goals while at the University of Iowa College of Engineering. This institute will provide each participant with a unique and renowned experience to help launch their future as a leader. Students will engage with StrengthsFinder, Personal Leadership philosophies, and much more during this one-day institute.

"Every one of us is different, but what makes a good leader is not one personality type, but the recognition of how you can direct your energy and that of your colleagues and employees toward a shared goal."  -Gary Seamans, Iowa Engineering alumnus & co-founder of the Student Leadership Institute

The institute format uses both small- and large-group sessions to expose students to real-world challenges, immerse them in hypothetical situations, and introduce them to key leadership concepts.

What do students say they learned?

“The key to motivating others is getting them past their fear of failure,” one student remarked. “The best leaders have an exceptional ability to listen to people,” added another. And perhaps the best summary to date was this: “I learned that leadership is something more than just leading. It’s also encouraging others to reach their full potential.”

For more information about the Student Leadership Institute, contact Alyssa Burks, assistant director of Leadership Development.