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UI students receive Stanley scholarships for research abroad

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four University of Iowa students have been awarded 1997 Stanley Scholarships for Undergraduate Research and Fieldwork Abroad for 1997-98.

The $2,000 awards, provided by the Stanley-UI Foundation, are awarded to students who have, in close consultation with faculty members, developed well-conceived, small-scale research or fieldwork projects on international topics that require travel abroad. The awards are administered by the UI Study Abroad Center.

The student award-winners, their hometowns, UI majors and projects are:

* William Heintz, of Solon, a senior anthropology major who will study the use, administration and sale of medicinal herbs within the context of illness treatment in Oaxaca, Mexico, in the summer of 1997.

* Becka Kass, of Spencer, a junior geography major with a minor in art and a Global Health Certificate who studied the health effects of pesticide usage on coffee farm workers in Kenya, from January to May 1997.

* Brian King, of Des Moines, a junior anthropology and psychology double major who is studying the cultural, environmental and economic implications of game park tourism in Kenya, from May to August 1997.

* Katharine Larsen, of Mason City, a global studies major with a political science minor who is conducting research on the effects of regional instability on Bosnian teenagers, May through August 1997 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

For more information about the Stanley Undergraduate Scholarships for International Research and Fieldwork Abroad, contact the UI Study Abroad Center, 28 International Center, (319) 335-0353.

The UI Study Abroad Center is part of the Office of International Education and Services (OIES). The 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.