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UI graduate students receive fellowships for research abroad
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ten University of Iowa students have been awarded Stanley
Fellowships for Graduate Student Research Abroad. The $2,000 awards, provided
by the Stanley-UI Foundation, are intended to encourage graduate students
to pursue foreign research and career interests.
The fellowships support preliminary field research, allowing students to
visit the country, develop professional contacts, investigate archival resources,
test methodologies and select sites for future study.
The following students received Stanley fellowships:
* Timothy Barnard, a master's student in film studies, will travel to Paris
to study the relationship of the work of two major French film critics to
the doctrines and practices of the Communist Party between 1920 and 1967.
* Mary Katherine Dernbach, a doctorate candidate in anthropology, will research
the roles of indigenous Roman Catholic nuns in Papua New Guinea in the education
and empowerment of women.
* Nonie Ganakis, a master's student in social work, will research the role
cultural beliefs and environmental factors have had in the spread of HIV/AIDS
on the north coast of Honduras.
* Nathan Godley, a doctorate candidate in history, will research the ways
Algerian Jews were perceived and represented in France during the colonial
period, and how this contributed to the construction of a French national
* Erin Jordan, a doctorate candidate in history, will travel to France and
Belgium to assess and evaluate the religious patronage of Jeanne and Marguerite
of Constantinople, sisters and countesses of Flanders from 1206-1278.
* Mark Milosch, a doctorate candidate in history, will investigate how the
Christian Social Union directed Bavaria's postwar transformation from a land
of rural traditionalism into Germany's Silicon Valley.
* Bryon Moraski, a doctorate candidate in political science, will examine
how electoral rules affect ethnic conflict in the developing democracies of
the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Slovakia.
* Eileen Moyer, a master's student in anthropology, will travel to Haiti
to study the ways the urban poor of Port-au-Prince perceive and respond to
* Sally Shafto, a doctorate candidate in interdisciplinary studies, will
travel to Paris to examine the work of French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.
* Rachel Wagner, a doctorate candidate in religion and literature, will
travel to London to study the biblical commentaries that informed the work
of 18th-century poet William Blake.
For more information about the Stanley Fellowships, call (319)335-0353 or
visit the Study Abroad Center resource room in the UI International Center,
The Study Abroad Center is part of the UI Office of International Education
and Services (OIES). OIES provides foreign student advising and educational
and study abroad programming and works to increase the cross-cultural understanding
and skills of UI students, faculty and community members. About 2,000 foreign
students and scholars representing an estimated 100 countries study and work
at the UI, and each year more than 400 UI students study abroad in and exchanges
in more than 35 countries.