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Release: June 2, 1999

UI graduate students win fellowships for language study

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Some 14 University of Iowa graduate students have won Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from UI International Programs and the UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) for study during the summers of 1999 and 2000 or the academic year 1999-2000.

These fellowships are awarded to UI graduate students pursuing international careers in conjunction with an interdisciplinary or professional studies program and are intended to help students gain fluency in languages that are not commonly taught in U.S. institutions but that will be necessary for the students’ international careers. FLAS fellowships are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The summer fellowships offer a $2,400 stipend plus full tuition and may be used for beginning level course work in any lesser taught languages at a U.S. institution or for intermediate or advanced-level intensive language study at an institution in the U.S. or abroad. Summer fellowships require recipients to participate in an intensive language program throughout the summer months.

Academic Year FLAS awards cover tuition, fees and a $10,000 stipend. Academic year fellowships require recipients to take one language course per semester.

The winners of the 1999 summer FLAS fellowships are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa students listed first:


CEDAR RAPIDS: Todd R. Trumpold, Law, to study Beginning Serbo-Croatian at the UI

IOWA CITY: Lydia Wilcox Frazier, Social Work, to study Swahili at the UI; Derek Johnson, Law, to study Advanced Polish at the UI; Matthew Scott Sladek, Law, to study Spanish at the UI

SHEFFIELD: Jesse Severe, History, to study Beginning Uzbek at the UI

SIOUX CITY: Jenna Wright, Linguistics, to study Intermediate Czech, at the UI


TUSCALOOSA: Kathleen O’Reilly, Geography, to study Marwari through private instruction, in Rajasthan, India.


SAN FRANCISCO: Brigitte E. Hecker, Art and Art History, to study Lokeh (Ekoi-Bantu) in Ugep, Cross River, Nigeria.

SARATOGA: Eva Tsai, Journalism, to study Japanese at the UI.


KIRKSVILLE: Jeanne E. Frerichs, Anthropology, to study Swedish in Uppsala, Sweden.


The winners of the 1999-2000 academic year FLAS fellowships are listed alphabetically by hometown:


YUCCA VALLEY: Bert Roberts, Anthropology, to study Mam in Todos Santos, Guatemala

HEMET: Jason R. Graff, Law, to study Japanese at the UI


COLORADO SPRINGS: Stephen Michael Sabo, Law, to study German at the UI


ALEXANDRIA: Kara Seim, Russian, to study Advanced Russian at the UI

CREEES also awarded three 1999 summer FLAS fellowships to students from other institutions. They are George Stackpole, Literature, from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, to study Beginning Kazakh at the UI; David Morrow, Environmental Sciences, from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill, to study Beginning Czech at the UI; and Steven Patrick, History, from Arizona State University, to study Intermediate Hungarian at Beloit College or the UI.