CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 12, 1999
UI graduate wins Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dwight Codr, a 1998 University of Iowa
graduate, has won a prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic
Studies, the only national award for those who plan to study humanities in
graduate school. The one-year fellowship includes payment of all tuition and
fees and a $14,500 stipend. Codr, who majored in English at the UI, will begin
a Ph.D. program in English at Cornell University this fall.
Codr, a Cedar Rapids native and 1993 graduate of Washington
High School, was one of 98 fellowship winners selected from nearly 800 applicants
for the Mellon Fellowship.
"I was excited, but quite surprised when I opened the
letter telling me I'd won a fellowship," he said. "The number of hoops you
have to jump through in the application process made me think there was a
pretty slim chance I'd actually win."
Codr was quick to credit the UI English department as
sharing equally in his success.
"The faculty in the English department were so helpful
and supportive during my undergraduate studies," he said. "Without their support
and encouragement, I would not have had the confidence to apply for the Mellon
Fellowship nor would I have been prepared for the rigorous interview process.
It's not just me winning this fellowship, but the entire University of Iowa
Faculty members who worked with Codr as an undergraduate
"always thought of him as an outstanding student and were impressed with his
ability to articulate complex ideas about a wide variety of literary and theoretical
subjects," said Mary Ann Rasmussen, director of the UI English department's
"We're just very excited that he competed against the
best students in the country and won," she said. "I know he'll make an important
contribution to the field."
The Mellon Fellowship was initiated in 1982 and is sponsored
by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The primary objective of the Mellon Fellowships
is to identify and encourage persons who are committed to teaching and have
a broad vision of learning. Codr plans an academic career as a professor of
(Editors: Codr is available for interviews at (319) 363-7098.)