CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
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Release: June 19, 2000
Three UI graduates win Fulbright Fellowships
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa graduates have won prestigious
Fulbright Fellowships to conduct research abroad, bringing this year's total
number of UI winners to six.
Susan Bridenstine, a May 2000 graduate in global studies; Lisa Gihring, a
double major in Russian and English who expects to graduate in August; and
Nicholas Regiacorte, a 1998 M.F.A. graduate from the Writers' Workshop, were
chosen from among more than 4,000 applicants for the approximately 960 grants
awarded to students.
In addition, Michael Putnam, a UI graduate student in Germanic languages
and literature, has won a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Grant,
an award comparable to a Fulbright but funded by the German government. The
grant will allow him to study dialectology at Phillips University in Marburg,
Germany, during the next academic year. This intensive study will help him
complete his master's thesis, in which he hopes to outline the geographic
origin of Ohio Pennsylvania German.
Bridenstine plans to travel to Venezuela to study economic decisions made
by Colombian immigrant women in Venezuela, focusing particularly on women
employed as domestic laborers. In addition to her independent research, she
will attend classes at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas. When
she returns to the U.S. Bridenstine plans to enroll in a Ph.D. program in
Latin American Studies.
Gihring will travel to Moscow, where she will examine the differences between
the mass media's images of prominent Russian women engaged in politics and/or
the emerging feminist movement, and how those women shaped their own images
through autobiographies and contributed articles to newspapers and magazines.
Regiacorte will live for eight months in Sorrento, Italy, gathering the
stories, images and words left behind by his father and his mother's parents
who emigrated to the U.S. His goal is to complete a collection of poems, which
deal with emigration and translation between continents and between generations.
The UI has previously announced three other students who won Fulbright Fellowships
for the 2000-01 academic year. They include Ned Bertz, a Ph.D. student in
history; Carrie Messenger, an M.F.A. student in creative writing; and Lana
Zak, a May 2000 graduate in journalism and political science.
The Fulbright Program is designed to foster mutual understanding between
the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Annually,
approximately 4,500 new grants are awarded through national competitions of
students, teachers, scholars and professionals.
At the UI, student Fulbright awards are administered by the Office for Study
Abroad. For more information, contact Phil Carls at (319) 335-0353.