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June 6, 2007

UI Awards 10 Undergraduate Stanley Scholarships For International Research

Ten University of Iowa undergraduates were awarded Stanley Undergraduate Scholarships for International Research. These awards, ranging from $2,000 to $3,000, are presented to UI undergraduate students 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 UI's premier awards for international study.

For more information on the Stanley awards, contact the International Programs Grants Office at 319-335-2823.

The Grants Office is part of International Programs, which 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.

Scholarship winners are listed alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa hometowns first.

Iowa

AMES: David Saide, a junior international studies and anthropology major and Portuguese minor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to Brazil this summer for his research in cultural tourism in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Saide will research how Capoeira, a popular martial arts dance, is exploited and represented through cultural tourism, as well as how it is seen as a consumable cultural element. His research proposal is titled "Implications of Cultural Tourism in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil."

BELLEVUE: Rachel Bender, a sophomore international studies student with emphases in global health and Latin American studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to Ecuador this summer to conduct research about the link between environmental conditions and prenatal, maternal and infant health care. She will visit the Maquipucuna Bioreserve in Ecuador and observe how this facility has helped the local populace. Bender's research project is titled "Linking Environmental Health and Well-Being: The Impact of a Sustainable Environment on Maternal and Infant Health in Ecuador."

DUBUQUE: Amy Domeyer, a junior English and pre-medicine major with a minor in Spanish and a global health certification in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to Ecuador this summer to study the impact of clean water on quality of life. Domeyer will visit the Maquipucuna Bioreserve and a neighboring town of Yungilla to observe the effect of clean water supply on the community members. Her research proposal is titled "Quality of Water, Quality of Life: Investigation of Water Quality and Health in Ecuador's Maquipucuna Bioreserve."

IOWA FALLS: Andrew McDowell, a junior anthropology and international studies major in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to Rajasthan, India, this summer to investigate medical decision making in rural North India. McDowell will visit Bardi Sadri and gather the people's opinions of untrained practitioners and the options and obstacles to accessing health care in Bardi Sadri and other rural areas. His project proposal is titled "'Bengali' and Other Medicine: Choosing Between Health Systems."

KNOXVILLE: Andrew Henning, a junior political science, international studies and pre-law major in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel this winter to Turkey to study child custody laws. In Ankara, Henning will research the ways families deal with divorces and custody of children, as well as look at the balance between secular and traditional Turkish society. His research proposal is titled "Muslim Family Law Customs v. Practice: The Evolution of Child Custody Norms of Turkish Society in Ankara, Turkey."

SPRINGVILLE: Nathan Munsterman, a senior physics and Russian major in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, this summer to research the way that science, particularly chemistry, is taught in Russia. Munsterman will observe Russian science teachers and conduct interviews with pupils and teachers in order to understand their philosophy of teaching. His research proposal is titled "Comparative Analysis of Russian and American Secondary-Level Science Curriculum."

Connecticut

RIDGEFIELD: Mary Grace Weber, a junior international studies and French major in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to Northern Tanzania this summer to research the initiatives of the Cultural Tourism Programme. Weber will analyze successful community-based tourism initiatives and seek to discover the program's benefits and challenges to the local population. Her research proposal is titled "Grassroots Tourism: Exploring the Realities of Cultural Tourism Initiatives in Northern Tanzania."

Illinois

FOX RIVER GROVE: Nicole Alexander, a junior international studies major with emphases in global health and African studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to East Africa this summer to research health care for pregnant women and the complications associated with pregnancy in rural Tanzania. Her research proposal is titled "Complications of Pregnancy in Rural Tanzania."

Nebraska

OMAHA: Erin Keene, a senior international studies major and Spanish minor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will travel to Costa Rica from early spring to late summer to study the health care system and its impact on illegal immigrants. Keene will visit San Jose and the migrant squatter settlement of La Carpio, using first-hand interviews to evaluate the access and utility that Nicaraguan immigrants have to Costa Rica's health care system. Her research project is titled "Access and Utilization to Costa Rica's National Health Care System by Nicaraguan Immigrants: A Comparative Study of Health Practices by Legal and Illegal Immigrants."

Angola

LUANDA: Irund A-Wan, a junior civil engineering major focusing on structural engineering design in the UI College of Engineering, will travel to Peru this summer to conduct research on footbridge design modifications and local construction. He will explore possibilities for incorporating a participative education for local laborers in conjunction with the organization Working with Bridges to Prosperity.

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

PROGRAM CONTACT: Kristi Fitzpatrick, 319-335-2823, kristi-fitzpatrick@uiowa.edu

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelli Andresen, International Programs Communications Coordinator, 319-335-2026, kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu