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Aug. 31, 2007

UI alumni, students receive Fulbright fellowships for 2007-08

University of Iowa alumni and students will do everything from conduct research on anthrax in Paris to learn more about Inuit communities in Arctic Canada, thanks to recently awarded Fulbright fellowships.

The Fulbright Program awarded fellowships to five UI alumni and students to conduct international research for the 2007-08 academic year. 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. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

"I congratulate each of these individuals for receiving such a prestigious and competitive award," said William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of International Programs. "The range of their destinations and topics is truly impressive, and each exemplifies the excitement of international learning."

Following are the recipients alphabetically by hometown with Iowa first:

Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS: Rebecca Miller earned a bachelor's degree from the UI in German and literature, science and the arts in December 2006. A graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Miller will spend the 2007-08 academic year in Berlin, Germany, teaching English to German students at the middle and high school levels. Miller plans to offer free tutoring sessions and extra-curricular activities, such as film screenings. In addition, she will volunteer at a Turkish community center, where she will mentor children and also offer free English tutoring. She will also continue her current research, which discusses children's literature as propaganda in the context of Nazi Germany, as preparation for her entry into graduate school. Upon returning to the United States, Miller plans to continue her education in German studies, with a concentration in comparative literature or translation, at the graduate level.

CLIVE: Scott Nichols, a senior biochemistry, microbiology and French major in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to Paris to spend the 2007-08 academic year conducting research on anthrax. He will attempt to dissect the interactions between the toxins of B. anthracis, the organism responsible for causing the fatal anthrax condition, and host proteins. Using common yet sophisticated molecular biology techniques, he will explore the targets of the B. anthracis toxin. After his research, Nichols hopes to study metabolic regulation or immunology at the graduate level.

FAIRFIELD: Sonia Gunderson, a graduate student in the master's professional program in the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will spend the 2007-08 academic year in Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada. Gunderson's research will explore the factors of geography, history, archaeology and cultural preservation initiatives on Inuit communities throughout the Canadian Arctic. She will also investigate whether Igloolik's preservation approach offers viable options for other Inuit and indigenous communities. Upon her return to the United States, Gunderson plans to finish the remaining semester of her master's program. After that, she will spend six months completing a book based on her thesis.

IOWA CITY: Drew Soloski earned a bachelor's degree from the UI in Chinese and psychology in May 2007. A graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Soloski will spend the 2007-08 academic year in Korea, teaching American English and culture to Korean students. While there, Soloski will hold extra-curricular activities where students will have the opportunity to become actively involved with American culture. After returning to the United States, Soloski plans to enroll in a graduate program in international relations to better understand the United States' future role with Korea and China.

Illinois

MOUNT PROSPECT: Nicole Guarino earned a bachelor's degree from the UI in English and mathematics in May 2007. A graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Guarino will spend the 2007-08 academic year teaching English in a secondary classroom in South Korea. While there, Guarino plans to further her interests in international educational policies and curriculum, practice and redevelop what she has learned about teaching during college, understand the importance of English in Korean culture, and prepare to study international comparative education at the graduate level or to teach in an American minority community.

At the UI, the International Programs Grants Office staff members administer student Fulbright awards. For more information on this or other scholarships, contact Kristi Fitzpatrick at 319-335-2823 or at kristi-fitzpatrick@uiowa.edu.

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kristi Fitzpatrick, UI International Programs Grants Office, 319-335-2823, kristi-fitzpatrick@uiowa.edu; Kelli Andresen, 319-335-2026, UI International Programs, kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu