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University of Iowa News Release

June 9, 2006

UI Undergraduates Win Stanley Scholarships For Research Abroad

Five University of Iowa undergraduates were awarded Stanley Undergraduate Scholarships for International Research/Fieldwork. These awards, ranging from $2,000 to $3,000, are presented to UI undergraduates who undertake small-scale research projects that require research abroad.

These awards are made possible by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and are the University of Iowa's premier awards for international study. 

For more information on the Stanley fellowships, contact the International Programs Office of Research and Development at 319-335-2823.

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 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.

CHARLES CITY: Megan DeAnn Jespersen, a junior international studies major and global health minor, will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, this summer to look at what actions organizations in St. Petersburg are taking to educate youth about HIV/AIDS and the behaviors that can result in HIV infection. She will also observe at clinics and children's homes where HIV infected people live and receive care. Her research proposal is titled "A Preliminary Study of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Youth Education Programs in St. Petersburg, Russia."

DENISON: Laura Goettsch, a junior studying political science, international studies and Spanish, will travel to Lima and Ayacucho, Peru, this fall to conduct research for her project, "Income Disparity in Latin America: Education and Racial Poverty." She will spend three months researching the relationship between poverty and race as affected by educational and legislative barriers. She will also look at how government plays a role in continuing economic disparity for specific racial groups.

IOWA CITY: Alina Haidri, a senior studying anthropology, international studies and Spanish, will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, this summer and fall to conduct research for her project, "Multiculturalism and Islam: The Muslim-Porteño Identity." She will research how the religious Muslim identity overrides or coexists with the broader social identity of the people of Buenos Aires, known as the Porteños, and whether is it possible for Muslim-Porteños to fully participate in both identity groups simultaneously.

IOWA CITY: Evangeline Kadera, a senior exercise science major and dance minor, will travel to Rimini, Italy, this summer to conduct research for her project, "A Biomechanical and Kinesiological Study of the Philip Beamish Floor Barre Conditioning System." She will research the field of sports medicine for dancers through an analysis of the biomechanics of the Philip Beamish Floor Barre (PBFB) technique. She will also examine the kinesiological benefits of the PBFB system to dancers.

URBANDALE: Rachel Olsson, a junior studying international studies and English and a pre-masters in nursing, healthcare and global health studies, will travel to Aceh, Indonesia, this fall to conduct research for her project, "Indigenous Customs of Pregnancy and Childbirth in Aceh, Indonesia." She will examine current pregnancy and childbirth practices and customs of the indigenous groups in Aceh.

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; Program: International Programs Office of Research and Development, 319-335-2823; Writer: Kelli Andresen

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