University of Iowa News Release

July 12, 2004

Ten UI Graduate Students Awarded Stanley Fellowships For Research Abroad

A group of 10 University of Iowa graduate students have been awarded Stanley Fellowships for Graduate Student Research Abroad in 2004-2005. The scholarships are given through UI International Programs in the amount of $2,000 each. The Stanley Fellowships are intended to encourage UI graduate students to pursue foreign research and career interests by supporting preliminary field research abroad. Students in all fields of study are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Stanley fellowships, please contact the International Programs' Office of Research and Development at 319-335-0477.

The Office of Research and Development is part of 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.

Scholarship winners are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns first.

IOWA

Coralville: C. Michael Porter, a graduate student studying choral conducting, traveled to Salzburg, Austria, this summer, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. In Austria, Porter is examining archival sources in order to explore how the Counter-Reformation affected the musical practices in Salzburg following the Council of Trent.

Coralville: Danielle Snoddy, a doctoral student in art and art history, traveled to Cairo, Egypt, this summer, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. Snoddy is conducting fieldwork and research involving contemporary North African Art.

Coralville: Andria Timmer, a doctoral student studying anthropology, traveled to Hungary this summer, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. Her pre-dissertation research explores tensions between national identity and health care in Hungary.

Iowa City: Alexandra Mazella, a student pursuing her master's degree in social work, will travel to London, England, from January to May of 2005, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. During that time, she will examine the history and etiology of eating disorders through archival research and analysis of primary documents and records in England.

MINNESOTA

Minnetonka: Ben Otto, a master of fine arts student, traveled to Nepal this summer, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. He is researching the Maoist insurgence that has occurred in Nepal over the past five years. He plans to incorporate the research done in Nepal into a literary narrative written with American and European audiences in mind.

NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque: Kimberly Cleveland, a doctoral student studying African art history, will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. While in Brazil, Cleveland will study the artwork by several contemporary black Brazilian artists.

WISCONSIN

Ripon: Lydia Diemer, a master's of fine arts student, traveled to Mexico this summer, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. Her field of study is printmaking and her project focuses on Mexican author and photographer Juan Rulfo and his texts involving magical realism. Her exploration in Mexico will serve as the basis for her own artwork.

BURKINA FASO

Ouagadougou: Christophe Konkobo, a doctoral student studying French literature, is currently traveling in Mali and Benin, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. He is studying contemporary theatrical performances in these two countries, and his findings will be incorporated into his dissertation involving contemporary theatrical aesthetics in Sub-Saharan francophone countries.

CHINA

Hong Kong: Hau Ling Cheng, a doctoral student in communication studies, will travel to Greater Vancouver, Canada, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. While in Canada, Cheng will study the role of the Cantonese newspaper, Vancouver Ming Pao, in constructing a sense of community among immigrants in Vancouver.

Beijing: Ying Sun, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, traveled to Germany this summer, supported by a $2,000 Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. He worked with researchers at the Technical University of Aachen conducting research on phase-field modeling and microporosity formation during the solidification of alloys.

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.

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