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Future in Iowa Career Education

Dr. Saba Ali is an associate professor in counseling psychology in the College of Education at the University of Iowa. Ali has expertise in career development processes for K-16 students. She the past chair of the Society for Vocational Psychology and serves on the board of the Iowa Biosciences Advantage program (NIGMS funded program to recruit underrepresented students in bio and behavioral science doctoral programs) at the University of Iowa.

Her research focuses on understanding how rural and underrepresented minority youth make decisions about careers and in particular, how to help students overcome barriers to career attainment. Ali has coordinated two successful career education program in twelve schools (FICE and HOPE) and has evaluated the effectiveness of these programs (e.g., student outcomes as well as broader systemic impact). The FICE (Future in Iowa Career Education) program was funded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. Project HOPE (Health science occupations, preparation, and exploration) was funded by the Roy J. Carver Trust, Greater Muscatine Community Foundation, John Deere Foundation, and the Statewide Governor's STEM scale up initiative.

In 2009, Ali was awarded the Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award for her work with underrepresented K-12 students in helping them to make the connections between career and academics. Ali is also currently serving as the evaluator for Drs. Lisa Flores and Rachel Navarro's NSF funded (HRE Core) project, "Broadening Participation in Engineering among Women and Latina/os: A Longitudinal, Multi-Site Study" and as a consultant to Drs. Melissa Gibbons and Erin Hardin's NIH (SEPA) funded project, "Post secondary educational career opportunities in the biomedical research sciences for rural Appalachian youth"

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