Twentieth Century Women of Iowa State

"Only a small part of who she really is comes out on paper.  She is the kind of person whose gifts, talents, hard work, and organizational skills make you shake your head and wonder if there are two of her."

Dr. Richard Seagrave
Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University

Lia is currently attending Harvard Medical School and received her M.D. in June 2001.  She is currently completing a family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center.

M.D., Harvard University (2001)

Oxford University B.A. in Physiological Sciences (1997)

Iowa State University B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry minor (1995)

Tau Beta Pi 1995 Laureate

Lia S. Pierson, Iowa Alpha '95, is a 
Tau Beta Pi Laureate for her diverse 
achievements as an athlete, musician, 
humanitarian, and student leader.

Rhodes Scholar

Lia Pierson was named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars in 1995.  She is ISU's fifth Rhodes Scholar and the third from the College of Engineering.

Oxford Dissertation:  "Tuberculosis and Atopy: Th1 and Th2 Immune Responses"
May 1997

Awards and Honors:

Oxford University: Physiology Society Prize (1997)

Iowa State University:

Tau Beta Pi Laureate (1995)
Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award (1995)
Senior Scholastic Award (1995)
Big Eight Conference Medal (1995)
David J. Henry All-University Leadership and Excellence Award (1994-1995)
Scholarship for Excellence (1990-1994)
Athletic Scholarship (1990-1995)


Lia entered ISU on an athletic scholarship having won the 100-meter dash at the Drake Relays and the 200-meter dash at the Iowa high school state track meet.  During her 5 years (1990-1995) on the track team she excelled in several events including the 4 X 100 relay to the 800-meter run.  At the 1995 Big 8 indoor track meet in 1995, she placed second in the 800.  Selected to the All Big Eight women's track honor roll, she was twice recognized as her team's outstanding scholar-athlete for track and field.



Reach Out and Read Program

Cedar Riverside People's Center

Habitat for Humanity

Central Iowa Symphone

ISU Wind Ensemble


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Twentieth Century Women of Iowa State University