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University of Iowa News Release

June 22, 2004

Iowa First Nations Summer Program Underway

American Indian high school students from across the country are getting a glimpse of college life on the University of Iowa campus this summer.

The students are participants in the Iowa First Nations summer program, a life science-based program that runs for three weeks (June 13 through July 2), focusing on the environment, microbiology, and the relationship between science and Native American cultures. Students also attend computer workshops, faculty seminars and science career panel discussions.

John Brewer, a member of the Oglala Sioux Nation from Rapid City, S.D., is acting as head teacher for the experience and Will Swain of Iowa City is the program coordinator.

Joe Coulter, Ph.D., UI associate provost and director of Opportunity at Iowa, is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and is the Iowa First Nations director. He said that former student participants have gone on to succeed in their college careers at the UI.

"This camp helps students develop their educational and career interests while introducing them to the university," Coulter said, adding that many students express interest in eventually returning to their communities as health care providers, educators, or other professionals.

The Iowa First Nations summer program is supported by Opportunity at Iowa Office of the Provost. Opportunity at Iowa is part of a coordinated university-wide effort to create and maintain campus diversity and provide opportunities for all university students interested in other cultures.

Opportunity at Iowa is located at 224 Jessup Hall at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. For more information call (319) 335-3555 or 1-800-553-IOWA (4692), or email opportunity@iowa.edu.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu; Program: Lois Baker, Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555