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Three UI liberal arts departments win federal funds for minority
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa departments of chemistry,
geology, and mathematics have been recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education for their programs to recruit and retain minority graduate students.
These three UI departments have been awarded funding under the Education
Department's Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAIN) program.
"We are delighted with this award," said Leslie Sims, dean
of the Graduate College.
The national award will provide each department with three years of
fellowship funding, and the UI Graduate College will provide matching funds
for two or more years of support. These fellowships will allow the UI to
further diversify its graduate student population. The awards will be made
to seven students in chemistry and geology and eight students in mathematics.
The students will receive stipends, tuition funding, funding for professional
development, and support for other professional expenses.
"This type of grant helps the university to attract the best and
brightest students and it spreads the word that we are proud to welcome
minority students to the University of Iowa," said Linda Maxson, dean
of the College of Liberal Arts.
Maxson said the UI has been able to demonstrate its commitment to graduate
students from minority groups by maintaining strong relationships with
predominantly minority undergraduate institutions. "In order to intensify
our efforts, we will continue to fortify the links between our departments
and departments in these many fine undergraduate institutions," she
The Department of Education fellowships will come as direct grants to
the three departments. Chemistry and geology will each receive $126,110
for five fellowships and will match with two fellowships; mathematics will
receive $176,554 for six fellowships and will match with two fellowships.