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Release: June 14, 2001

UI undergraduates win Stanley scholarships for international research, fieldwork

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seven University of Iowa students have been awarded Stanley Undergraduate Scholarships for International Research. Stanley Scholarships are awarded to UI undergraduates who, with close advising from faculty members, undertake small-scale research projects that require travel or study abroad.

For more information, contact the UI Office for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353. Scholarship winners are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns first.

IOWA

COLUMBUS JUNCTION: Joseph Bohling, a senior history major, will travel to France this summer to research a period of French history in the late 1800s when Phylloxera vastatrix, an insect thought to have arrived in France from the United States, devastated French vineyards. He will explore the complex interactions that took place between the two countries as they worked together to overcome the Phylloxera blight.

MUSCATINE: Merideth Bentley, a senior global studies major, will study at Moscow State University in Russia during the 2001-2002 academic year and will research how the Moscow Helsinki Group, a Russian human rights organization, was able to challenge the Soviet regime on its human rights abuses and hold it internally subject to international law;

Marie Logsden, a junior global studies major, will study in Mexico during the fall semester through the Center for Global Education at Augsburg College and will research the barriers to reproductive health among women in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

REINBECK: Janee Johnson, a junior history and South Asian Studies major, will travel to India and the United Kingdom this summer to research Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the last Maharaja of Mysore before independence.

ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE: Rachel Kunze, a junior Chinese and French major, will participate in the Council Study Abroad Program in Beijing during the 2001-2002 academic year and will research contemporary Peking Opera performance practice.

ILLINOIS

WILMETTE: Kevin Agnew, a senior anthropology major, will conduct research in Ecuador this summer. He will investigate how indigenous groups in Otavolo respond to the reality of economic globalization by examining the economic and social dynamics of the San Juan Fiesta.

WYOMING

LARAMIE: Lisa Devine, a junior anthropology and Chinese major, will attend an archaeology fieldwork school in China this summer and compare Chinese and U.S. archaeological methodologies.