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University of Iowa News Release

June 23, 2005

UI Undergraduates Win Stanley Scholarships For Research Abroad

Four University of Iowa undergraduates were awarded Stanley Undergraduate Scholarships for International Research/Fieldwork. These awards are presented to UI undergraduates who undertake small-scale research projects that require research abroad.

For more information on the Stanley fellowships, 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, and 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.

AMES: Mary Oppold, a senior studying environmental science, will travel to Monteverde, Costa Rica, this summer to collect bees and conduct a blossoming flower survey at varying levels of elevation in the country. Her research proposal is titled "Bee Morpho Species Abundance and Diversity along a Tropical Altitude Gradient."

AURORA: Polly Peterson, a senior studying business management and psychology, will travel to Italy this summer to conduct research for her project, "Assessing Expatriate Adjustment: Creating a More Comprehensive Model." She will collect and analyze expatriate adjustment data from a survey focusing on Americans living and working in large firms in Italy.

CENTERVILLE: Troy Fadiga, a senior studying anthropology and geoscience, will travel to Negril, Jamaica, this summer to study the effects of tourism on local fishermen. His research proposal, "Fishers of Negril in an Age of Tourism," will also examine how these effects should figure into tourism planning.

IOWA CITY: Kathleen McNulty, a senior studying political science, history and international studies, will travel to Dublin, Ireland, this summer to conduct research for her project, "Nationalism and Irish Temperance: A Comparison of the Movements of Father Theobald Mathew and Father James Cullen." She will access primary source documents related to her honors thesis in history, which examines the differences between the temperance movements of Mathew and Cullen in the context of a larger shift within the Catholic Church in Ireland toward nationalist sympathies and support.

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,; Program: International Programs Office of Research and Development, 319-335-0477; Writer: Kent Nguyen