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June 8, 2007

UI Graduate Students Awarded Stanley Fellowships For Research Abroad

Twenty-two University of Iowa graduate students were awarded Stanley Graduate Awards for International Research. These $2,000 awards are presented to UI graduate 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 University of Iowa's premier awards for international study.

For more information on the Stanley fellowships, 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

BONDURANT: Kristin Wyant, a graduate student in epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, will travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this summer to research H5N1 avian influenza. Wyant will research how the study of the disease is organized and managed as well as how the biohazard specimen control and shipment process works. Her research project is titled "Prospective Studies of Avian Influenza Transmission in Asia."

DAVENPORT: Sarah Mercier, a graduate student in professional journalism in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Thailand and Cambodia this summer to photograph two Buddhist temples -- Wat Shanghathan in Bangkok, Thailand, and Wat Damnak in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Her intention is to document the lives of Buddhism's most devout followers -- nuns and monks -- and their relationship to the surrounding communities. Mercier's research proposal is titled "Devotion: Buddhist Temples in Bangkok and Siem Reap."

DYERSVILLE: Luke Juran, a graduate student in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in international studies in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Tamil Nadu, India, this summer to research the emerging field of microfinance. He will focus on the financial and economic aspects of this field and its implications on human rights, the environment and gender empowerment. His research proposal is titled "Microfinance: Economic Development with a Human Face."

IOWA CITY: Kate Karacay, a graduate student in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in international studies in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Antalya, Ankara, and Istanbul, Turkey, this summer to research efforts undertaken by non-governmental and governmental organizations to provide services to identified human trafficking victims and promote public education on the problem. Her research proposal is titled "Human Trafficking Victims' Services in Turkey: How Have NGO's Served Trafficking Victims and Increased Awareness."

IOWA CITY: Nora Khan, a graduate fellow in creative writing in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Paris this summer to research the works and person of Alberto Giacometti and his impact on the human form's manifestation in art. Khan will study Giacometti's evolution in the interest of sculpture, process and ideas about art in a first-person narrative. Her research project proposal is titled "Examining Giacometti Outside of the Historical Canon, 1921-1934: Perception and Art in Wartime Paris."

IOWA CITY: Melissa Moreton, a graduate student in history in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Italy this summer to conduct research into the role women played in the production of medieval manuscripts and the sociocultural implications of these findings. Her research proposal is titled "Female Monastic Scriptoria in Medieval Italy."

IOWA CITY: Matthew Noble, a graduate student in epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, will travel to Cambodia this summer to conduct research on avian influenza A virus H5N1 and determine the risk of disease transmission to humans. His research project is titled "Avian Influenza Surveillance in Southeast Asia: Prospective Studies of H5N1 Transmission."

IOWA CITY: Abayomi Ola, a doctoral student in art history in the UI Graduate College, originally from Kogi State, Nigeria, will travel to Nigeria and England this fall to conduct fieldwork on "Parody and Satire in Nigerian Art." Ola's research will examine the works of four contemporary Nigerian artists who use visual commentary.

California

OAKLAND: Diana Thow, Iowa Arts Fellow and graduate student in translation in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Italy this summer to conduct research on two Rome-based poets, Amelia Rosselli and Biancamaria Frabotta. Thow's research project is titled "Contemporary Italian Women Poets Thesis Research."

VISALIA: Gina Giotta, a doctoral student in communication studies in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Berlin this summer to interview professionals in the foreign-language television dubbing industry and observe techniques involved in audio-visual translation. Giotta hopes to explore the myriad linguistic, cultural and economic negotiations that take place in the interstitial space between so-called "exporters" of culture and their importing counterparts. Her research project is titled "Re-Voicing Culture: The Role of Dubbing Actors and Technicians in the International Television Trade."

Michigan

KALAMAZOO: Chitra Akkoor, a doctoral student in communication studies in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Germany this summer to examine interpersonal relationships among three groups of the Asian Indian Diaspora community. Her research will focus on how being in Diaspora impacts interpersonal relationships between and among the groups.

Minnesota

DULUTH: Meredith Anderson, a doctoral student in anthropology in the UI Graduate College, will travel to San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico, this summer to research the question of identifying prehistoric state boundaries in the archaeological record. Her research project is titled "The State's Sphere of Influence in Prehistoric Mexico: Towards Building a Model for Identifying Inner State Boundaries at Teotihuacan, Mexico."

EAGAN: Jonathan Johnson, a graduate student in photography in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Phuket, Thailand, this summer to implement photographic methods in visually documenting the cultural transition of post-tsunami Phuket. Johnson will address the contemporary context of disaster and conflict as framed by cultural homogeneity, technology and post-colonialism. His research project is titled "Post-Tsunami Phuket: Images of Recovery and Transition."

MINNEAPOLIS: Elizabeth Sutton, a doctoral student in art history in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Amsterdam, Leiden and The Hague in The Netherlands this summer to examine the images in the first editions of Pieter de Marees' 1602 "Beschryvinghe ende historische verhael vant Gout Koninckrijk van Gunea" (Descriptions and History of the Gold Coast of Guinea). Sutton hopes these images can tell us about the culture that produced them and how visual images repeated over time affect the way peoples are perceived and treated. Her research project is titled "Harvesting Humanity: The Cataloguing of Peoples and Culture in Pieter de Marees' 'Beschryvinghe ende historische verhael vant Gout Koninckrijk van Gunea.'"

Missouri

ST. PETERS: Danya Crites, a doctoral student in art history in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Spain this summer to examine medieval buildings and archives for details about the patronage and chronology of Mudejar, or Muslim-derived, monuments. With her research she intends to provide possible reasons for the Christian and Jewish patronage of these monuments during the Middle Ages, in order to shed new light on the complex relationships among the three religious groups. Crites's research is titled "From Mosque to Cathedral: The Social and Political Signification of Mudejar Architecture in Late Medieval Spain."

North Carolina

CULLOWHEE: Peter Yoder, a doctoral student in religious studies in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Halle, Germany, this summer to research the original writings of the early German pietist August Hermann Francke. Yoder will examine the continuities and discontinuities between Francke's philosophical and theological commitments and his social responsibilities to the poor and orphaned community in Halle. His research proposal is titled "Archival Research on the Writings of August Hermann Francke."

Ohio

COLUMBUS: David Riep, a doctoral student in art history in the UI Graduate College, will travel to South Africa and Lesotho this summer to document and collect digital images of South Sotho art objects from nine southern African collecting institutions. After gathering the images, Riep intends to develop a system of identification for these art objects through extensive visual analysis. His research project is titled "Basotho! Exploration and Preservation of South Sotho Art and Culture."

Pennsylvania

RADNOR: Jennifer Cabrelli, a doctoral student in second language acquisition in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Brazil this summer to conduct a pilot study that looks at the process of the acquisition of Portuguese as a third language in speakers of Spanish as a second language who are native speakers of English in an authentic immersion environment. Cabrelli's research project, titled "The Instability of L2 Phonology: Evidence from the Acquisition of a Third Language (L3)," will be an integral part of her dissertation process.

South Dakota

BRUCE: Londa Vanderwal, a doctoral student in public health in the UI College of Public Health, will travel to Africa this summer to conduct research on the current agricultural health situation in The Gambia. Vanderwal will aim to translate previous research done in the area and gain experience teaching in the educational system of the country. Her research project is titled "Development of Appropriate Interventions to Reduce Agricultural Related Injuries and Illnesses in Agricultural Workers in The Gambia."

Texas

HOUSTON: Elinathan Ohiomoba, a graduate student in creative writing in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Lourdes, France, this summer to gather information for her thesis, a novel about a Senegalese-French woman who sees visions of Mary during her lifetime. Ohiomoba is interested in the experience of "visionary-hood" and plans to research the lives of the visionaries and their connections to their families and villages during and after the apparitions. She will research the life of Bernadette Soubirous. Her research proposal is titled "The Ordinary Experience of Visionary-Hood: Bernadette Soubirous and the Apparitions at Lourdes, France."

China

JIAO NAN, SHANDONG PROVINCE: Li Xiao, a doctoral student in mass communication in the UI Graduate College, will travel to China this summer to research Chinese rural girls' daily experience with media. In her study she hopes to find answers to the overarching research question "How do Chinese rural girls negotiate media and gender roles in their daily lives?" The ultimate goal of Xiao's study is to let these rural girls' voices be heard and understood from their own perspectives. Her research project is titled "An Ethnographic Study of Chinese Rural Girls' Media Culture."

Hungary

BUDAPEST: Gyorgy Toth, a doctoral student in American studies in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Germany this summer to conduct research on the Native American as a cultural figure in Germany. Toth's work will focus on issues such as authenticity, identity and self-representation of these individuals and groups. His research proposal is titled "Ich Bin Ein Indianer: The Native American as an Alternative Identity in Germany." 

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