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Release: April 13, 1999

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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 University’s 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.