In Carver's words:
Miss Roberts was a teacher of rare ability. Her chief delight
seemed to be that of helping the backward student. And many, many are the men and
women today who rise up and call her blessed, for the help she gave them in more ways than
one. I take especial delight in registering as one of that number.
Maria Roberts graduated from Iowa State in 1890 and shortly afterwards
became a member of the Mathematics Department faculty. In 1908, she was named
Vice-Dean of the Junior College--the term then used for the Freshman and Sophomore
Classes. In 1920 she was named Dean of the Junior College. She continued as
Dean and Professor of Mathematics until 1933, when she became Dean Emeritus and Director
of Student Loans.
Throughout her career, Miss Roberts was concerned with the plight of
talented students who had a difficult time completing college because of financial
problems. She was instrumental in developing the college loan funds do the needs of
such students could be met. Through the Alumni Association, she also worked to set
up scholarship funds for needy "B" or better students.