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University of Iowa News Release

July 23, 2003

UI Graduate Students Win Fellowships For Foreign Language Study

Four University of Iowa graduate students are currently studying less commonly taught languages such as Arabic and Yoruba with Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for the 2003 summer term.

This year these fellowships have been awarded to UI graduate students pursuing international careers in public health, international law and global studies, with the intention of helping students gain fluency in languages that will be of value to their professional careers.

All these students are studying languages not widely spoken in the United States during intensive summer courses. Summer fellowships offer a $2,400 stipend plus full tuition and may be used for beginning level course work in approved less commonly taught languages at a U.S. institution or for intermediate or advanced-level intensive language study at an institution in the United States or abroad.

FLAS fellowships are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education. UI International Programs administers the fellowship program. For more information on the FLAS fellowships, contact Sheri Sojka, International Programs, at 319-335-1438.

FLAS fellowship winners are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa students listed first:

IOWA

Davenport: Cristina Elizabeth Aguilar, a second year medical student, is studying Arabic at the University of Michigan.

Iowa City: Reba Parvizi, a second-year law student, is learning Turkish at Bosphorus University Istanbul, Turkey.

NEW YORK

New Hartford: Kimberley Cleveland, a second year doctoral student in African art history, is learning Portuguese at Universidade Federal da Bahia in Brazil.

OHIO

Columbus: Adeyemi Oshodi, a master's student in third world development studies, is learning Yoruba at Ohio University.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Writer: Mansi Bhatia