WRITER: VITALIS TORWEL
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: June 20, 2002
UI graduate students receive Stanley fellowships for research abroad
University of Iowa International Programs has awarded 10 Stanley Fellowships
for Graduate Student Research Abroad in 2002-2003. The $2,000 Stanley Fellowships
are intended to encourage UI graduate students to pursue foreign research
and career interests by supporting preliminary field research abroad. Students
in all fields of study are encouraged to apply.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Constantine, International Programs
grants and development officer, at (319) 335-0659.
Fellowship winners are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns
CORALVILLE: Grant McCall, an M.A. student in archaeology, will travel
to Namibia this summer to conduct archaeological fieldwork in the Nhomadon
Valley of the Kaudon National Park in northeastern Namibia.
DAVENPORT: Anna Sluz, a doctoral student in geography, will travel
to Ukraine this summer to explore to what degree and through what mechanism
religious organizations influence social and political activities in the name
of Ukrainian national identity and civil society.
IOWA CITY: Richard Mtisi, a doctoral student in history, will travel
to the Same River Valley of Mozambique and Zimbabwe this summer to study the
history of people-environment relationships in a geographical area that is
not defined by a political boundary; Margaret Schwartz, an M.F.A. student
in non-fiction writing, will conduct research in Argentina this summer to
examine manuscripts and artifacts belonging to the Argentine avant-garde writer
Macedonio Fernandez for the purpose of biographical work; Benjamin Willett,
a doctoral student in anthropology, will travel to Guatemala this summer to
study how Mayan organizations actively blend rich cultural traditions with
modern perspectives and technologies to create a new Mayan identity.
WEST BRANCH: Eleonore Lee, an M.F.A. student in non-fiction writing,
is traveling to England, France and The Netherlands this summer to gather
historical information on pre-industrial papermaking by visiting the Royal
Library in Amsterdam and paper mills and museums in France and England.
BAKERSFIELD: Marty Gould, a doctoral student in English, will travel
to England this summer to conduct a search of Britain's major nineteenth-century
drama archives in order to locate and study plays related to empire.
HOLLY: Joseph Mason, a doctoral student in history, will conduct research
in the Solomon Islands to determine the environmental impact of the second
World War on the region.
ROCHESTER: Erica Bleeg, an M.F.A. student in non-fiction writing,
will travel to Benin Republic, West Africa, this summer. While there, she
will meet and collaborate with friends and colleagues to achieve a level of
emotional and sensory immediacy that will strengthen the quality of narrator
and character for her book, "The Marks of Machetes and Wings," which
will also form her thesis.
ONTARIO: Janet Gardner, a doctoral student in anthropology, will travel
this summer to collect data from late Paleolithic human skeletal samples located
in museums at several locations in central Europe. Her research will examine
these fossils to find evidence of disease and trauma in Neanderthals and early