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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 stipend.