CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: April 13, 1999
BROADCASTERS: Sanxay is pronounced "SANK-SAY"
Three UI seniors to share 1999 Sanxay Prize
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa
seniors will share the 1999 Sanxay Prize awarded each year by the UI Graduate
College to senior students from Iowa who show promise of high achievement
in graduate studies.
This year's winners, who will each receive a cash
stipend to be used for graduate school expenses, are Emily Myers, Ames; Wade
Pfau, Des Moines; and Jenny Larkins, Ankeny.
Myers, a senior with a pre-med background and majors
in linguistics and Spanish, works as an undergraduate scholar assistant in
the department of linguistics. She also tutors through New Dimensions in Learning.
While at the university she has served as president of the Foreign Language
House and has studied abroad at the Iowa Hispanic Institute in Valladolid,
Spain. Myers has received a fellowship from Brown University to do graduate
study in neurolinguistics.
Pfau is a member of the UI College Bowl Team which
will be competing in the National Championship tournament later this month.
His majors are political science, economics and history. He is writing his
economics honors thesis on how to reform the Olympic Games host city selection
process. His history honors thesis is an exploration of the development of
commercial radio in the 1920s. Pfau has worked as a summer intern in the White
House Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C. In Iowa City he works
as a volunteer for the Red Cross and for Old Capitol Museum. Pfau plans to
enter Princeton Universitys doctoral program in economics in the fall.
Larkins, a psychology major, is a student research
assistant in the department of family medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics (UIHC). In her honors thesis she examines the relationship between
substance abuse and antisocial personality disorder. Larkins serves as a peer
advisor in psychology. She works as a volunteer in the renal dialysis unit
at the UIHC clinical outreach program in North Liberty and also at Ecumenical
Homes in Iowa City. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Larkins is the recipient of
a four-year scholarship to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Missouri.
The Sanxay Prize, first awarded in 1926, is made possible
by the trust fund of Theodore F. Sanxay. The award carries a cash stipend
that may be used to pursue graduate work at the UI or any other accredited
university in the United States or abroad.
The award winners will be recognized at the Honors
Program Award Ceremony Sunday, April 18.