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Three UI liberal arts departments win federal funds for minority graduate fellowships

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 said.

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.