WRITER: ABBY GARLAND
CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 25, 2000
(EDITORS: This corrects a release sent Monday, April 24 in which the students'
dissertation titles were incorrectly attributed. Please replace the April
24 version with this one.)
Two UI graduate students receive $2,000 dissertation grants
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa graduate students, Beth Fisher
in English and Bridgett Williams-Searle in history, were among 15 graduate
students nationwide to win $2,000 Dissertation Grants from the Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF) for their work in women's studies.
Each year the foundation awards these grants for the continuing studies
of 15 students studying women's lives, history, and literature. The foundation
says it was the first to offer grants to encourage scholarship about women
and that it is still the only national source of support in the field for
graduate students who are completing their doctoral studies in preparation
for careers as scholars and teachers.
Both Fisher and Williams-Searle agree that the grants will assist them greatly
as they work toward completing their doctoral degrees.
"This award signifies that I'm writing a book that other scholars want
to read," Williams-Searle said. "The grant provides a crucial boost
of confidence as I move into the final year of writing and revision."
Her dissertation is entitled "Resolving the Revolution: Households, Law,
and the Structuring of Dependent Relations in the Early Republic, 1778-1828."
Fisher also says that she will be using the grant money for her work on
her dissertation, "Fictions of Female Desire: Gender and Social Disorder
in the Early Gilded Age Novel," to complete her primary research at libraries
in New England.
The WWNFF is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence
in education since 1945 through the identification of critical needs and the
development of effective national programs to address them. Its programs include
fellowships for graduate study, professional development for teachers, educational
opportunities for women and minorities, relating the academy to society, and