Three College of Human Sciences students earn 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award

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By Isaac Sinclair

Left to right: Zoe Lambert and Benjamin Dralle are two of the seven Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award recipients for this spring.

Three College of Human Sciences students — Benjamin Dralle, Jennifer Junker, and Zoe Lambert — are among the seven honorees the Iowa State University Alumni Association will recognize this spring with the 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. 

The award recognizes exceptional achievements in academics and community activities, display of high character, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. 

The achievements of the three highly-deserving students highlight the exceptional opportunities made available to them by Iowa State and the College of Human Sciences.

Benjamin Dralle, who is pursuing a double major in nutritional science and genetics, has put in the time to become an active leader at Iowa State. Dralle is president of the Iowa State Pre-Medical Club, an organization that helps  prepare pre-medical students to enter the medical field. He was also a community adviser in university residential living communities for over three years.

Dralle also leads by example as a researcher. In 2018, Dralle was the only student selected to represent the state of Iowa at the Posters on the Hill undergraduate research event in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a Cyclone Scholar Summer Research Experience participant, a College of Human Sciences Louise Rosenfeld undergraduate research intern, and a Geisinger Health System Summer Undergraduate Research Program participant.

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Jennifer Junker will receive the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award this spring.

Jennifer Junker is an apparel, merchandising, and design student who has made the most of her time at Iowa State with a 3.81 GPA and seven semesters on the dean’s list. She is the co-founder and vice president of the National Retail Federation Student Association chapter on campus and is currently an assistant buyer at the Iowa State Univeristy Bookstore.

Junker took her bright spirit and creativity to New York City where she worked as a planning intern at Haddad Brands and Fall River, Massachusetts, where she served as a development and operations intern with the Good Clothing Company. Recently, Junker was awarded a $35,000 scholarship from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund for her case study.

Zoe Lambert is a driven kinesiology and health student focused on improving the lives of those around her. During her tenure as the president of Be the Match, an organization focused on getting people to register as bone marrow donors, over 750 new donors were added to the registry.

Lambert continues to help people as an undergraduate research assistant in assistant professor Elizabeth Stegemöller’s neurophysiology research lab, where she studies Parkinson’s disease and participates in a weekly boxing session with people who have Parkinson’s to help alleviate their symptoms.

As a communications consultant at the Writing and Media Center, Lambert completed 327 consultations, including about 30 graduate students. She was constantly in high demand, especially for at-risk students, because of her constructive feedback and enthusiasm to help each person who visited her.

All seven recipients of the 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award can be found at the following link:

Established in 1968, the award is named for Wallace E. “Red” Barron (Class of ’28), who served as director of alumni affairs at Iowa State from 1937 to 1968.

Key contacts

Cathy Curtis, communications director, College of Human Sciences,, 515-294-8175.

Isaac Sinclair, communications assistant, College of Human Sciences,, 515-294-1326.

By Isaac Sinclair