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WRITER: SOK LIN LIM
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: June 6, 2000

UI students win scholarships for international research

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Six University of Iowa students have been awarded Stanley Undergraduate Scholarships for International Research/Fieldwork. Stanley Scholarships are awarded to UI undergraduates who have developed small-scale research projects on international topics that require travel abroad.

For more information, contact the UI Office for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353.

Scholarship winners with descriptions of their projects are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first:

IOWA

ALTOONA: Tracy Jean Lawson, a junior anthropology and Spanish major, will conduct a research project in Patzcuaro, a town in the state of Michoacan in Mexico's central highlands. She will spend two months talking to families with at least one member who is a migrant worker in the United States and children of migrant workers. Michoacan is one of the largest feeder states for immigration to the United States.

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Molly Burns, a senior art education major, will be student teaching in Bangalore, India, and will investigate how multiculturalism takes shape in an English- speaking school outside the United States.

HAWARDEN: Amber Ruyter, a senior geography and Spanish major, will conduct research in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she will explore the changing relations of coffee production in the context of demands for the certification of traditionally organic coffee.

SIGOURNEY: Juliana Waechter, a sophomore anthropology and art major, will deepen her knowledge of archaeological methodology in Verberie, a late Upper Paleolithic field site on the bank of the Oise River in France.

STONE CITY: Anne Haggerson, a junior anthropology and Spanish major with a Portuguese minor, will conduct her research in Salvador, Brazil. She will investigate how the explicit African symbols and physical demands of Capoeira, a stylized martial art unique to Brazil, supports Afro-Brazilian street children in their efforts to build healthy relationships, gain physical control and understand their African heritage.

ILLINOIS

COAL VALLEY: Quinn O'Keefe, a junior Russian and history major, will do her research in Moscow. She will trace U.S. economic and commercial involvement in Russia before and after the 1998 economic crisis to determine which factors play an influential role in U.S. economic involvement and how these factors have affected the commitment of U.S. corporations and enterprises to Russia.