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University of Iowa News Release

July 25, 2003

Local UI Student Wins Scholarship For Study Abroad

The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad has awarded 24 scholarships for summer and short-term study abroad. UI undergraduate students from diverse disciplines, ranging from physical therapy to engineering, are spending the summer overseas.

The $500, merit-based scholarships are part of a $65,000 financial aid package allocated by the university to support study abroad. This is the third year that this fellowship 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

AFTON: Cheryl Davenport, a sophomore majoring in Spanish and economics, has traveled to Spain through the Florida State University Summer in Valencia Program.

AMES: Kristine Koehler, a junior majoring in English and dance, has traveled to Scotland, where she participated in the Literature in Scotland program through Arcadia University.

BLAIRSTOWN: Kodi Scheer, a junior majoring in literature, science and the arts, is studying in Italy, where she is taking art history and literature courses. This program is sponsored by the Institute for Italian Studies.

CEDAR FALLS: Katherine Lyman, a freshman majoring in political science and French, has traveled to Quebec through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Summer Study Program, administered by the University of Iowa. While in Quebec, Lyman honed her French speaking, reading and writing skills at Laval University.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Aaron Brim, a senior majoring in journalism, has traveled to South Korea and Japan to do research for his honors thesis. The sponsoring entities are the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and The Freeman Foundation.

CRESCO: Tamara Herold, a senior nursing major, has traveled to Jamaica through the UI Cross-Cultural Nursing Experience Program. While in Jamaica, she interacted with Jamaican nurses to gain experiences in international nursing.

DAVENPORT: Jeffrey Silverman, a senior studying English, is spending approximately eight weeks immersed in the French language through the UI-administered Iowa Regents Summer Program in Lyon, France.

DE SOTO: Deborah Andersen, a senior dance and psychology double major, has traveled to Spain through the UI-administered Regents Summer Program at the Universidad de Valladolid, where she took classes in grammar and Spanish culture.

DES MOINES: Rachel Thomson, a senior majoring in English, has traveled to Ireland through the University of Iowa's Irish Writing Program. While in Ireland, she studied Irish literature and worked on her writing portfolio.

DES MOINES: Tosha Houston, a junior majoring in psychology and pre-physical therapy, has traveled to Costa Rica this summer through the UI-sponsored University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Summer Programs in Costa Rica. She took several Spanish classes that she will apply to her Spanish minor.

GLENWOOD: Natalie Spoo, a junior majoring in biology, is studying in Spain this summer through the UI-sponsored USAC San Sebastian Program. While in Spain, she hopes to improve her Spanish speaking skills and complete enough semester hours to fulfill the requirement for a minor in Spanish.

HUDSON: Angela Barsic, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering, has traveled to Argentina through the UI's International Perspectives in Water Resources program.

INWOOD: Carrie Faber, a senior nursing major, has traveled to Iceland through the University of Iowa's Exploring Healthcare in the Land of Contrasts Program through The UI College of Nursing and The UI Office for Study Abroad.

IOWA CITY: Elizabeth Aunan, a sophomore exercise science, Spanish and pre-medicine major, has traveled to Spain through the University of Minnesota's Spanish Latin American and European Studies Program.

IOWA CITY: Erik Alexander, a junior chemistry/pre-medicine major, has traveled to Malta to study Middle Eastern cultures through the International Student Exchange Program's (ISEP) Near Eastern Studies Program at University of Malta.

JEFFERSON: Anne Schwarzkopf, a junior environmental science major, has traveled to Malta through the International Student Exchange Program's (ISEP) Near Eastern Studies Program. While in Malta, she studied the archaeology, history, religion and literature of the Middle East.

KEOKUK: Andrea Rogers, a sophomore studying civil and environmental engineering, has traveled to Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. Through the UI's International Perspectives in Water Resources Program, she had the opportunity to become more globally aware of water issues in the particular areas.

OSKALOOSA: Cara Brostrom, a junior theatre arts major, has traveled to London through The UI's London Performance Study Program, offered by The UI Departments of English and Theatre Arts and the Office for Study Abroad. While in London, she expanded her cultural awareness and experiences of theatrical performance.

RICEVILLE: Kendall Allen, a senior majoring in theatre and music education, is participating in The UI's London Performance Study Program, offered by The UI Departments of English and Theatre Arts and the Office for Study Abroad. While in London, she is broadening her horizons about play-scripts and playwriting.

SHELDON: Kristen Griffioen, a sophomore majoring in elementary education, has traveled to Mexico through the UI-administered CIC Summer Study Abroad Program in Mexico at the University of Guanajuato.

WATERLOO: Carrie Young, who already has her bachelor of science degree in nursing, has traveled to Iceland through The UI's Cross-Cultural Nursing Experience Program.

Illinois

ELK GROVE VILLAGE: Amy Herrick, a senior political science and French literature major, has traveled to South Korea and Japan through the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and the Freeman Foundation.

Minnesota

WHITE BEAR LAKE: Stephanie LaNasa, a sophomore biomedical engineering major, is studying in France through the UI-administered Iowa Regents Summer Program in Lyon.

Nebraska

OMAHA: Timothy Shaw, a junior majoring in English, is studying in Ireland through The University of Iowa's Irish Writing Program. He is taking courses in Irish literature and Irish dramatics. His goal is to learn of the impact Irish writers have on modern writing and to produce some original quality writing.

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 office is located at 120 International Center and is open to students from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road, or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

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 for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu Program: Writer: Kent Nguyen