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UI students receive 1997-98 Fulbright grants

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seven University of Iowa students have received Fulbright or related grants to conduct research abroad during the 1997-98 academic year.

The Fulbright Program, designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries," awards some 4,000 grants each year to American students, teachers and scholars to study, teach and conduct research around the world, and to foreign nationals to engage in similar activities in the United States. Approximately 1,600 U.S. grantees will travel abroad in 1997-98 semester.

Fulbright grants cover all transportation and educational costs, and provide a maintenance allowance based on living costs in the host country.

Individuals are selected on the basis of academic and professional qualifications, plus their ability and willingness to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, call the UI Study Abroad Office at (319) 335-0353.

EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a UI student from your readership area has been awarded a Fulbright or related grant for the 1997-98 academic year.

Lori J. Runkle, a doctoral student in Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies in International and Comparative Education from Humboldt, will study "Reforming Educational Policy to Benefit University Women in Kenya."Santhi Hejeebu, a doctoral student in economics from Randallstown, Md., will study "From Firm to Government: A Microeconomics Analysis of the English East India Company" in India.

Michael L. Lewis, a doctoral student in American Studies from Okeechobee, Fla., will study "The Biodiversity Ideal and the Formation of Indian Biosphere Reserves" in India.

Christopher N. Moon, a doctoral student in history from Fayetville, Ga., will study "European Unity: Ideal, Reality and the Making of a University" in the European Union.

Cherie L. Sampson, of Superior, Wis., who has a UI master's degree in art/architecture history, will study "Suomi: A Forest Culture" in Finland. This will entail studying ancient Finnish nomadic culture and contemporary environmental issues.

Rima Vesely, of Rockford, Ill., who received a UI bachelor's degree in journalism in May, will study "Language Education Policy in South Africa."

Jeanne M. Thompson, a doctoral student in musicology and history from Iowa City, who also received a related grant from the Netherlands-America Foundation, to study "Music between Collaboration and Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Holland" in the Netherlands. The goal of this grant is to maintain and strengthen the ties between The Netherlands and United States.

7/1/97