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

Release: Jan. 21, 2003

Six UI Students Win Scholarships For Study Abroad

The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad awarded Summer & Short-Term Study Abroad Scholarships to six students studying abroad during the winter session between the fall and spring semesters. They are among 68 UI students who participated in programs to China, Cuba, St. Lucia and Trinidad, and the United Kingdom during the December 16 - January 17 winter session.

The $500, merit-based scholarships are part of a $75,000 financial aid package allocated by the university to support study abroad. This is the third year that this scholarship program has been available.

Janis Perkins, director of the UI Office for Study Abroad, said she is pleased with the university's commitment to making study abroad accessible and affordable for UI students.

"These particular awards were awarded on the basis of the students' academic record, letters of recommendation, and statements of objectives," Perkins said. "As the selection committee found the pool of applicants to be highly impressive, these scholarships represent a significant accomplishment on the part of the recipients."

For more information on this and other study abroad scholarship opportunities, call the UI Office for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353 or visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiabroad/ and click on Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The recipients of the study abroad scholarships are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa recipients first:

Iowa

CLARINDA: Jonathan R. Wiese, a junior global studies and pre-dental double major with a minor in Spanish, traveled to Cuba for one month to study global oral health methodology issues concerning the effects of fluoride water on dental caries. He also investigated how these global perspectives compare with and influence current practices in Cuba.

GLIDDEN: Angela Stork, a senior anthropology major with minors in pre-medicine and global health studies, went to St. Lucia and Trinidad to study the intercultural, economic and social life of Africans and Indians in the Caribbean. She also conducted research on etiology and treatment of mental illness, comparing it with her previous research on the same topic in the Gambia.

VINTON: Jennifer Stokes, a senior cultural anthropology major, spent two weeks in St. Lucia and Trinidad studying the mixed cultural practices, economic and social life of Africans and Indians in the Caribbean.

Illinois

BELVIDERE: Kristi Root, a senior civil and environmental engineering major, traveled to London to study how infrastructure affects international commerce and business.

CHICAGO: India Dennis, a graduate student in the school of public health, went to St. Lucia and Trinidad to explore the cross-cultural, economic and social life of Africans and Indians in the Caribbean.

Texas

SUGARLAND: Charles Chih-Yao Chang, a senior nursing major with a minor in global health studies, traveled to Cuba to study global oral health methodology issues concerning the effects of fluoride water on dental caries. He also investigated how these global perspectives compare with and influence current practices in Cuba.

The UI Office for Study Abroad administers study abroad programs and exchanges for the University of Iowa and provides advising services for students interested in an international educational experience. The office also administers several scholarship competitions for international study and research. The UI Office for Study Abroad is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.