Csomay Community of Scholars

The Csomay Center Community of Scholars seeks to promote research activities by identifying funding opportunities, advancing inter-disciplinary and community engagement, and building infrastructure to advance both discovery and translation to practice.  The Community of Scholars also provides multi-level mentoring and opportunities to present works in progress for peer and expert review.  If you are interested in joining the Csomay Community of Scholars please click the link below.

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Meeting Schedule 2023-2024



Meeting Type


December 11th


12:00 - 1:00 pm




"Engaging Stakeholders to Perform Cancer Research of Importance to Iowans" 

Sarah Nash, PhD, MPH

Community Outreach and Engagement Co-Lead, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

Assistant Professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health


Kelly Wells Sittig, MS

Community Outreach and Engagement Co-Lead, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

Executive Director, Iowa Cancer Consortium


February 12th 

12:00 - 1:00 pm



"Community Engagement: Cultural Responsiveness is Achievable"

Val Garr, MA, CDE

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Iowa College of Nursing




April 8th

12:00 - 1:00 pm



"Overview of the JD and Jill Thoreson Optimal Aging Initiative"

Jen Jones, MHS-PH

Program Coordinator, 2023 Thoreson Grant Recipients


May 13th

12:00 - 1:00 pm


"Reaching new communities with best practices in recruitment and questionnaire design"

Nikki Tennessen, MS

Iowa Social Science Research Center


If you have any questions, please contact us at Csomay-Center@uiowa.edu.