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UI awards eight foreign language fellowships
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Eight University of Iowa graduate and professional students
will study the Hindi, Kishamba, Kiswahili, Spanish and Swahili languages with
the help of fellowships from the University of Iowa Center for International
and Comparative Studies (CICS).
The students are recipients of CICS 1997-98 Foreign Language Area Studies
fellowships, which can be used to study language at any university in the
United States or abroad.
Three of the students received summer fellowships: Ned Bertz, a graduate
student in history, will study Kiswahili at the University of Dar es Salaam
in Tanzania; Kathleen O'Reilly, a doctoral student in geography, will study
Hindi at the American Institute of Indian Studies in India; Barbara Thompson,
a doctoral candidate in art history, will receive private tutoring in Kishamba
at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
Five students received fellowships that cover the academic year, and all
five will study at the UI. Zinatara Manji, a graduate student in clinical
pharmacy, will study Swahili; Eileen Moyer, a graduate student in medical
anthropology, will study Kiswahili; law student Kirsten Roth will study Spanish;
Matthew Thomas, a graduate student in journalism and mass communication, will
study Swahili; and James Yienger, a graduate student in civil/environmental
engineering, will study Hindi.
The fellowships are awarded annually to students seeking to pursue international
careers. Each summer fellowship includes full tuition and a $1,500 stipend,
and each academic year fellowship covers full tuition and provides a $10,000