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Release: June 14, 2000

UI graduate students receive Stanley research fellowships

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Thirteen University of Iowa students have been awarded the Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad. The Stanley Fellowships were created for Iowa graduate students who are interested in career or research possibilities abroad. Students in all fields of study are encouraged to apply.

The fellowships are administered by the UI Office for Study Abroad. For more information, call (319) 335-0353.

The fellowship winners are listed alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa hometowns listed first.


CORALVILLE: Elise LoBue, a doctoral student in women's studies, will travel to Kazakhstan to examine the development and extent of women's activism in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Kazakhstan and the impact of such organizations since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

IOWA CITY: Jocelyn Cullity, an M.A. student in the Third World Development Support Program, will travel to India to research the media's dissemination of Western youth culture in India and its implications for the identities of young women. She plans to conduct interviews with college women, working-class women, older women, and women who work for both media and women's resource organizations to explore the images of Western women that are currently being distributed in India via Western television programming.

NORTHWOOD: Barbara Davidson, a doctoral student in anthropology, will visit Thailand to continue fieldwork on institutional and cultural hurdles to effective TB treatment in a central Thai population. Her study will compare sociocultural factors in the completion of TB therapy in Hmong populations in northern Thailand and in Hmong refugee populations in the U.S.


AURORA: Jon Wolseth, a doctoral student in anthropology, will travel to Honduras to investigate the role of the Honduran state in the regulation of children's lives. In particular, he is interested in how this debate relates to the larger discussion of child rights that has been introduced in Honduras since the signing of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990 and the 1996 presidential campaign.


GRAND MARAIS: Brook Cuden, a D.M.A. student in piano performance, will travel to the Netherlands to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam for the academic year 2000-2001. She also intends to use this opportunity to accompany the renowned specialist in art song, Rudolph Jansen.

SHOREWOOD: Rebecca Pulju, a doctoral student in history, will travel to France to spend two months in Paris to conduct preliminary research on the construction of masculinity in World War II France under German occupation.


CARTHAGE: Brennan Kraxberger, a doctoral student in geography, will conduct research in the Jos Plateau in central Nigeria, one of the most ethnically diverse areas in all of Africa. He will examine shifts in the economic, political, social and spatial organization of the Plateau during the colonial period.


MORROW: Andrew Gilligan, an M.F.A. student in creative writing and translation, will travel to Switzerland to visit the Swiss author, Peter Bichsel. He plans to collaborate with him on translations of two of his books of fiction.

WILLOWWICK: James Shea, an M.F.A student in creative writing, will visit Japan to improve his Japanese language literacy skills by joining the Princeton-in-Ishikawa program in Kanazawa, Japan. This will enhance his translations of free-style haiku written by Japanese poet and wanderer Ozaki Hosai (1885-1926).


CORVALLIS: Amy Trautwein, a doctoral student in philosophy, will travel to England to study memory with leading scientists in Oxford University's Neuroscience program. In the short-term she hopes to answer crucial questions raised in her dissertation regarding the nature of memory, its role in human cognition and ways in which people might justify their beliefs in its reliability. In the long-run she hopes integration of her research at Oxford with her philosophical training at the University of Iowa will qualify her to make ongoing contributions in the cutting-edge field of cognitive neuroscience.

PORTLAND: Lara Aho, a doctoral student in classics, will visit Syria to participate in an eight-week-long archaeological excavation of Urkesh, a city that formed the religious and political center of one of the most ancient of Mesopotamian peoples, the Hurrians, during the late third millennium B.C.


LOGAN: Amy Kirby, an M.A.T. student in English education, will visit Malawi to carry out intensive classroom observation, surveys, and in-depth interviews with students, teachers, parents, and other community members, to find out how female secondary students in Malawi perceive themselves as learners.


HOV: "Prita" Sandy Meier, an M.A. student in art history, will visit Tanzania and Kenya to conduct preliminary research on the Swahili coasts of these countries. Meier will also investigate the production of art and its relationship to historical and contemporary constructions of local and national cultural agendas.