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University of Iowa News Release

June 12, 2006

Six UI Students Receive Prestigious Fellowships For 2006-07

Six University of Iowa students have received prestigious fellowships to conduct international research for the 2006-07 academic year.

The Fulbright Program awarded fellowships to four UI students. The Fulbright Program is designed to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Annually, approximately 5,000 new grants are awarded through national competitions of students, teachers, scholars and professionals.

Two students were awarded Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) grants for studies in Germany, comparable to the U.S. Fulbright program but funded by the German government.

"These prestigious fellowships reflect the winners' excellence and their dedication to international understanding. I am highly impressed with their accomplishments," said William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of International Programs. "I am also grateful to the UI faculty and staff who make possible the continued success of Iowa students in the Fulbright and DAAD competitions."

Following are the recipients alphabetically by hometown with Iowa first:

Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS: Carrie Schuettpelz earned a bachelor's degree from the UI in political science and anthropology in May 2006. She will study the relationship between Denmark, which has historically resisted further European Union integration, and Eastern Europe within the context of the EU. While there, Schuettpelz will take political science courses at the University of Copenhagen.

DAVENPORT: Ericka Meanor, a University of Iowa junior majoring in German and secondary education, was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) grant. Meanor will participate on the Academic Year in Freiburg study abroad program, a consortial program including the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She will enroll at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet for the academic year 2006-07.

IOWA CITY: Andrew Ketterer, a University of Iowa junior majoring in philosophy and pre-medicine, was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) grant. Ketterer will participate on the Academic Year in Freiburg study abroad program, a consortial program including the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He will enroll at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet for the academic year 2006-07.

IOWA CITY: Anne Lyman, a UI graduate student in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy, will travel to Belgium. While there, Lyman will research the court composer, Peter Philips, and his collection of sacred vocal works, "Deliciae sacrae." She will examine the role of music as a means of shaping a unique musical identity and will study musical issues of style in Philips's sacred music and how it represents an amalgamation of Italian, English and Flemish musical influences.

Minnesota

MINNETONKA: Ben Otto earned a master of fine arts degree from the UI in creative nonfiction writing in May 2006. He will spend a year in Indonesia during the country's celebration of its 50th year of independence. His project is a creative work of literary nonfiction that offers a personal profile of the young generation of Indonesians. Otto will place special importance on the younger generation's perceptions of the Indonesian identity in efforts to paint an engaging, readable and modern portrait of both a young people and their changing country.

New York

BROOKLYN: Nina Siegal earned a master of fine arts degree from the UI in the Iowa Writers' Workshop in May 2006. She will spend a year in the Netherlands conducting research for a historical novel centered on Rembrandt van Rijn's 1632 masterpiece, "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp." The story will be set in the contemporary art market and in 17th-century Amsterdam. Siegal will interview Old Masters dealers, collectors and restorers and will research the 17th-century artistic, philosophical and medical influences on Rembrandt's paintings. 

At the UI, student Fulbright awards are administered by University of Iowa International Programs Office of Research and Development. For more information on this or other scholarships, contact Kristi Fitzpatrick at 319-335-2823 or by e-mail at ip-ord@uiowa.edu.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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