The Latham Science Engagement Fellowship Program was established through the generous donation of Drs. Robert J. and Sue B. Latham, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The program is based in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and will enhance research opportunities for selected undergraduate students. The Lathams hope their gift helps position students of high scientific and creative ability for significant graduate work. “If our gift attracts and keeps talented undergraduates in the sciences, provides them with strong support systems and research opportunities, and prepares them for placement in the best graduate programs worldwide, we will be very pleased,” says Dr. Latham.

Dr. Latham is the Chairman and President of Latham, Ervin & Associates, Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a utility analysis and consulting company, and is an economic and strategic analyst for the utility industry, with over 40 years of experience. Dr. Latham is a retired director of Iowa City-based MidWestOne Financial and its Bank. He is the retired Chairman of the Board of Peoples Trust and Savings Bank and its holding company, Clive, Iowa. He is also a grain farmer, a cattle feeder and president of his condominium association in Vail, Colorado.