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UI graduate students receive fellowships for research abroad

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ten University of Iowa students have been awarded Stanley Fellowships for Graduate Student Research Abroad. The $2,000 awards, provided by the Stanley-UI Foundation, are intended to encourage graduate students to pursue foreign research and career interests.

The fellowships support preliminary field research, allowing students to visit the country, develop professional contacts, investigate archival resources, test methodologies and select sites for future study.

The following students received Stanley fellowships:

* Timothy Barnard, a master's student in film studies, will travel to Paris to study the relationship of the work of two major French film critics to the doctrines and practices of the Communist Party between 1920 and 1967.

* Mary Katherine Dernbach, a doctorate candidate in anthropology, will research the roles of indigenous Roman Catholic nuns in Papua New Guinea in the education and empowerment of women.

* Nonie Ganakis, a master's student in social work, will research the role cultural beliefs and environmental factors have had in the spread of HIV/AIDS on the north coast of Honduras.

* Nathan Godley, a doctorate candidate in history, will research the ways Algerian Jews were perceived and represented in France during the colonial period, and how this contributed to the construction of a French national identity.

* Erin Jordan, a doctorate candidate in history, will travel to France and Belgium to assess and evaluate the religious patronage of Jeanne and Marguerite of Constantinople, sisters and countesses of Flanders from 1206-1278.

* Mark Milosch, a doctorate candidate in history, will investigate how the Christian Social Union directed Bavaria's postwar transformation from a land of rural traditionalism into Germany's Silicon Valley.

* Bryon Moraski, a doctorate candidate in political science, will examine how electoral rules affect ethnic conflict in the developing democracies of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Slovakia.

* Eileen Moyer, a master's student in anthropology, will travel to Haiti to study the ways the urban poor of Port-au-Prince perceive and respond to HIV/AIDS.

* Sally Shafto, a doctorate candidate in interdisciplinary studies, will travel to Paris to examine the work of French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.

* Rachel Wagner, a doctorate candidate in religion and literature, will travel to London to study the biblical commentaries that informed the work of 18th-century poet William Blake.

For more information about the Stanley Fellowships, call (319)335-0353 or visit the Study Abroad Center resource room in the UI International Center, Room 28.

The Study Abroad Center is part of the UI Office of International Education and Services (OIES). OIES provides foreign student advising and educational and study abroad programming and works to increase the cross-cultural understanding and skills of UI students, faculty and community members. About 2,000 foreign students and scholars representing an estimated 100 countries study and work at the UI, and each year more than 400 UI students study abroad in and exchanges in more than 35 countries.