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Two UI students to interview for Rhodes Scholarships Dec. 1-2 in
(Editors note: Both students are available to speak with reporters during
the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Pfau can be reached at 515/288-4249.
Karlen can be reached at 515/964-7349.)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa seniors have been selected
as state finalists in the competition for Rhodes Scholarships. Wade Pfau,
a Des Moines native, and Sarah Karlen, a Polk City native, will be interviewed
Tuesday Dec. 1 and Wednesday Dec. 2 in Des Moines along with other Iowa
students competing for the prestigious scholarships. The state selection
committee will choose two students to advance to the regional competition
in Minneapolis Dec. 4-5.
"It's exciting to have two students reach this level in the competition,"
said Sandra Barkan, assistant dean in the UI Graduate College and the interim
campus coordinator for Rhodes Scholarship applications. "These are
two truly spectacular students."
Karlen, a biology and psychology double major, will graduate with honors
in May 1999 having spent her undergraduate years actively engaged in numerous
research projects. She spent a year as a Howard Hughes intern working with
Erin Irish, an assistant professor of biological sciences and has also
completed her own original laboratory research under the direction of Mark
Blumberg, an associate professor of psychology. She was invited to present
her psychology research at the annual conference of the International Society
for Developmental Psychobiology in Orleans, France in July 1998.
If selected to study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Karlen
said she would like to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in the department
of zoology. Her educational goals also include earning a Ph.D.
Pfau, an economics, history, and political science triple major, will
also graduate with honors in all three of his chosen disciplines in May
1999. As an undergraduate, Pfau has sought out a number of opportunities
to work in governmental offices, culminating with a term as an intern in
the White House Senate Liaison Office of Legislative Affairs in the summer
of 1998. Before that, Pfau had completed summer internships in Gov. Branstad's
office as well as in Sen. Chuck Grassley's office.
Pfau has earned numerous scholarships at the UI, including a Presidential
Scholarship and departmental top scholar awards from both the economics
and political science departments. He has also logged more than 150 hours
as a tour guide at the Old Capitol on the UI campus and is a member of
the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. If selected to study at Oxford University,
Pfau said he would read for the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics course.
He plans a career in public service.
The finalists selected in Iowa will compete at the regional level with
finalists from Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South
Dakota, and Wisconsin. The regional selection committee may award up to