Iowa State University Research Day 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19

By Caitlin Ware, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Iowa State University’s fourth annual Research Day has been canceled as part of an ongoing university-wide effort to prepare for and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier this week, university leadership announced a recommendation to postpone or cancel large events scheduled to take place on campus between March 23 and April 3. This includes Research Day, which typically welcomes more than 300 institution scholars. The event cancellation includes both science comedian Brian Malow’s keynote speech, scheduled for March 24, and the full schedule of Research Day activities slated for March 25.

“Research Day is a valued university tradition that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and idea-sharing, and we recognize how disappointing this news is to those who planned to attend,” said Vice President for Research Sarah Nusser. “However, our number one priority remains the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students.”

A list of canceled university events is available and is being continually updated. There are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 in Ames or at Iowa State. Additional information about the university’s response to the outbreak can be found here.