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UI plans March 10 dinner for visiting Japanese engineering students

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa chapter of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) will host a dinner for a group of female Japanese engineering students from Tokyo Denki University and UI undergraduates participating in the Student to Student Support in Science Peer Mentoring Program on Tuesday, March 10.

The two groups will exchange information about course of study, overcoming hurdles in a predominantly male profession, and career aspirations.

The TDU students are part of an annual program that brings two groups of 15 Japanese engineering students to the university for three weeks of intensive English language study in the linguistics department under the direction of Maureen Burke, coordinator of the English as a Second Language Program.

The University of Iowa and Tokyo Denki University have had a collaborative agreement since 1984 arranging student and faculty exchanges. Kazuhiro Ohta of Tokyo Denki University is currently completing a two-year position as a visiting scholar in the department of urban and regional planning.

For further information about the WISE mentoring program, contact Betsy Riesz, 335-3509 or Beverly Marshall-Goodell, 353-2290.

3/6/98