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UI students win fellowships for study of Russian and East European languages

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

The 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 course work in Czech, Kazak, and Uzbek at the UI; advanced Russian at the UI; beginning or advanced-level Russian-, East European-, or Eurasian-related language study at another U.S. institution; or intensive language study abroad, except in Russia.

The winners of summer FLAS fellowships are J. Joe Bishop, College of Education, to study Czech; Amy Weismann, College of Law, to study Serbian; Kara Siem, Department of Russian, to study advanced Russian; and Ann Thomas, Department of Russian, to study advanced Russian.

The 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 any level of study in Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Hungarian, Tatar, Czech, Kazak, or Uzbek; advanced Russian; or any advanced-level intensive language study abroad, including dissertation research.

The winners of academic year FLAS fellowships for 1998-99 are Cassie Hanson, College of Law, to study Czech; Kristina Martin, College of Law, to study Uzbek; Kimberly Ann Moore, College of Medicine, to study Czech; Jacqueline Husted, College of Business, to study Polish; and Bryon Moraski, Department of Political Science, to study Russian.