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Release: Feb. 4, 2000

UI students to present international research projects

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa students who won 1999 Stanley Scholarships for Research Abroad will present the results of their studies in a series of free, public presentations
Feb. 8, 16, 21, and 29. Of the 16 undergraduate and graduate students who won Stanley Scholarships in 1999, 11 will give presentations on topics including the traditional music of Ireland, infant health in Micronesia, Telugu poetry of Southern India, and racial identity among Korean-Americans attending international universities in Korea.

Stanley Scholarships for undergraduates are designed to support students who, with close advising from faculty members, conduct small-scale research projects that require travel or study abroad. Stanley Scholarships for graduate students are awarded primarily to Masters students who are proposing to conduct research for their theses, but also can be awarded to Ph.D. or professional students who would benefit from a period of preliminary research abroad.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI Office for Study Abroad in advance at 335-0353.

Following is a schedule of presentation dates and topics:

Feb. 8, noon-1 p.m., Room W401, Pappajohn Business Administration Building (PBAB): "Research in the U.K. and Ireland"

Katie Strang, a senior music and anthropology major will present her research on the traditional music of Ireland, conducted during a semester abroad at University College Cork;

Tom McLean, a Ph.D. candidate in English, will discuss 19th-century British literary representations of Poland and Hungary, based on his summer 1999 research in the U.K.;

Donna Parsons, a Ph.D. candidate in music and literature will outline the development of British women writers and musicians and the intersection of those two circles from 1860-1920, based on her summer 1999 research in the U.K.;

Feb. 16, 4-5 p.m., Room W401 PBAB: "Research Overseas"

Dawn Sly-Terpstra, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology will speak on maternal decision-making and infant health in Palau, Micronesia;

Srikanth Reddy, an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing, will discuss his studies of the Telugu language, which he learned in order to translate Telugu poetry, as well as write a series of original poems about Southern India;

Stephen Tulley, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology and a Fulbright Grant recipient, will discuss the social and economic effects of cacao/chocolate production in Oaxaca, Mexico;

Feb. 21, noon-1 p.m., Room 341, Iowa Memorial Union (IMU): "Research on the Environment"

Vidya Athreya, a Ph.D. candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology, will explain the effect of tropical habitat fragmentation on the population and genetic structure of a "keystone" species in Panama;

Amy Freeman, a senior geography major, will speak on the causes and impacts of environmental and cultural change in Sagarthatha National Park, Khumbu, Nepal based on research she carried out in summer 1999;

Feb 29, 4-5 p.m. Room 257 IMU: "Research on Identity"

John Palmer, a Ph.D. candidate in education, will discuss the development of racial identity among Korean-Americans attending international universities in Korea;

Jason Carter, an M.A. candidate in anthropology will speak on the causes for success of a grass-roots social movement in the Marshall Islands;

Erin Johnson, a senior marketing and management and organizations major, will outline factors that determine successful adjustment to a host culture among the expatriate business community in Warsaw, Poland.

The Office for Study Abroad, which administers Stanley Scholarships, is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.