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UI students win fellowships for foreign language study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nine University of Iowa graduate students have won Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from UI International Programs for study during the summer of 1998 or the academic year 1998-99.

These fellowships are awarded to UI graduate students pursuing international careers in conjunction with an interdisciplinary or professional studies program and are intended to help students gain fluency in languages that are not commonly taught in U.S. institutions but that will be necessary for the students' international careers.

FLAS fellowships are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The summer fellowships offer a $2,400 stipend plus full tuition and may be used for beginning level course work in any lesser taught languages at a U.S. institution or for intermediate or advanced-level intensive language study at an institution in the U.S. or abroad. The winners of the 1998 summer FLAS fellowships are: Karen E. Milbourne, Art and Art History, to study SiLozi at the University of Zambia; Jean McCollister, Linguistics, to study Slovene at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Kimberly Anderson, Social Work, to study Spanish in San Sebastian, Spain; Susan Cooksey, Art and Art History, to study Jula at Universite de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso; and Sarah Averill Art and Art History, to study Spanish in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The 1998-99 academic year fellowships offer a $10,000 stipend plus full tuition to support a minimum of one language course per semester. Academic year fellowships may be used for beginning, intermediate or advanced level Swahili, Yoruba, Hindi, or Korean at the UI; any intermediate-level language study at the UI; intermediate or advanced level Japanese, Chinese, or Portuguese; or any intermediate or advanced level intensive language study abroad in an approved program.

The winners of the 1998-99 academic year FLAS fellowships are: Catherine M. Adams, Art and Art History, to study Hindi at the UI; Ned Bertz, History, to study Hindi at the UI; Kevin McGushin, Finance and Management, to study Portuguese at the UI; and Casey Grannis, Religion, to study Chinese and Japanese at the UI.