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University of Iowa News Release

May 21, 2003

UI Students Win Scholarships For Study Abroad

Some 10 University of Iowa students were awarded Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad during the spring semester of 2003. Two of those students also received Naomi Gunderson scholarships for Foreign Language Study Abroad. The presidential scholarships of $1,000 each assist undergraduates with the expenses of study abroad; Naomi Gunderson scholarships are $2,000 each.

The Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad were created in 1983, by former UI President James O. Freedman and have been awarded to nearly 300 UI students since then. UI President David Skorton said the opportunity to study abroad is invaluable in providing students with new insights and the knowledge that is vital to thrive professionally and personally in a global society.

"Given world events of the past few years, it is essential that we provide opportunities for UI students to experience other cultures, and to gain a better understanding of the language, politics, history, and culture of different countries," Skorton said. "By expanding their knowledge and understanding of other cultures, we also are empowering students with the tools to succeed in today's interdependent world. I am proud that our Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad allow for some of our best students to engage in these critical international experiences."

The highly competitive Gunderson scholarships are also awarded annually to UI undergraduate students to develop advanced proficiency in a foreign language while studying abroad. Preference for the award is given to students who speak a language taught at the UI and who plan to study for a full academic year at a foreign university.

The scholarship was created in memory of Naomi Gunderson, a UI alumna who earned a bachelor's degree in 1916 and a master's degree in 1919. Gunderson taught English, Spanish and Latin at high schools in Iowa and California. Having studied abroad several times during her college career, Gunderson created the scholarship to enable UI students to experience foreign cultures.

More than 800 UI students studied abroad last year. For more information, call the UI Office for Study Abroad at 319-335-0353, e-mail questions to mailto:study-abroad@uiowa.edu or visit the Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiabroad/

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

IOWA

Ankeny: Lindsey Grieve, a junior political science and international studies major with a minor in Spanish, will participate during fall 2003 in the UI's exchange with the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, to study political development in post-apartheid South Africa.

Hampton: Sarah Wagner, a freshman civil and environmental engineering major, will participate during the 2003-2004 academic year in the UI's exchange with University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Harlan: Bridgette Laver, a senior Spanish and linguistics major with a minor in international business, will spend the spring 2004 semester in Seville, Spain, studying and learning the Spanish language, through the UI-sponsored study abroad program in Seville, Spain.

Iowa City: Mark Quiner, a junior English major, will participate during fall 2003 in the UI's exchange with the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, deepening his understanding of African literature and learning the Zulu language.

Mason City: Kathryn Anderson, a senior English and journalism double major with a minor in Spanish and women's studies, traveled in spring 2003 through the UI-sponsored study abroad program in Alicante, Spain, to take Spanish language intensive course and learn about government and politics in Spain.

Newton: Brenna Griffin, a sophomore English education major and Spanish minor, who has won both the Presidential and Naomi Gunderson scholarships, will spend the fall 2003 semester taking courses in Spanish language and literature through a UI-sponsored program in Heredia, Costa Rica.

ILLINOIS

Evanston: Hilary Harris, a junior Spanish and religion double major, is spending spring 2003 semester learning Spanish language, literature and culture, and studying the history of Latin America, through a UI-sponsored program at the Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile.

Glenview: Jori Foreman, a junior art major pursuing a bachelor of fine arts in painting, will spend the fall 2003 semester in Florence, Italy, collecting visual information through sketches, photographs and memories.

Normal: Raechel Torner, a sophomore English and French double major, who has won both the Presidential and Naomi Gunderson scholarships, will spend fall 2003 semester in Pau, France, learning French language and culture through a UI-sponsored study abroad program.

WISCONSIN

Mequon: Jenna Kashou, a junior Spanish and communication studies double major, with a minor in journalism, is spending spring 2003 semester in Seville, Spain, mastering Spanish language proficiency and learning about Spanish arts and culture through a UI-sponsored study abroad program.

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 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.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Philip Carls, 319-335-0353. Writer: Vitalis Torwel.