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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 13, 2004

Engineering Student Named Department Of Homeland Security Scholar

Erin R. Steenblock of Janesville, Wis., a junior biochemical engineering student in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been named a scholarship winner by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the department's first-ever Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows Program. In addition to providing tuition and a stipend, the scholarship includes an internship with a U.S. government lab to be completed during the summer following the academic year during which the scholarship was received.

The competitive program, which named 101 recipients, attracted nearly 2,500 applications for review by over 100 experts in a variety of fields including the physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences, as well as engineering, mathematics and computer science. It provides undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to U.S. students interested in pursuing scientific and engineering careers applicable to the DHS mission.

After graduation, students are encouraged to consider employment offers from DHS, state and local operational offices, DHS-affiliated laboratories and facilities, and/or DHS-related university positions. The program is designed to support the development and mentoring of the next generation of scientists as they study ways to prevent terrorist attacks within the U.S., reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recovery efforts from attacks that occur.

Further information on the program and the list of recipients are available at:

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