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Release: June 19, 2000

Three UI graduates win Fulbright Fellowships

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa graduates have won prestigious Fulbright Fellowships to conduct research abroad, bringing this year's total number of UI winners to six.
Susan Bridenstine, a May 2000 graduate in global studies; Lisa Gihring, a double major in Russian and English who expects to graduate in August; and Nicholas Regiacorte, a 1998 M.F.A. graduate from the Writers' Workshop, were chosen from among more than 4,000 applicants for the approximately 960 grants awarded to students.

In addition, Michael Putnam, a UI graduate student in Germanic languages and literature, has won a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Grant, an award comparable to a Fulbright but funded by the German government. The grant will allow him to study dialectology at Phillips University in Marburg, Germany, during the next academic year. This intensive study will help him complete his master's thesis, in which he hopes to outline the geographic origin of Ohio Pennsylvania German.

Bridenstine plans to travel to Venezuela to study economic decisions made by Colombian immigrant women in Venezuela, focusing particularly on women employed as domestic laborers. In addition to her independent research, she will attend classes at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas. When she returns to the U.S. Bridenstine plans to enroll in a Ph.D. program in Latin American Studies.

Gihring will travel to Moscow, where she will examine the differences between the mass media's images of prominent Russian women engaged in politics and/or the emerging feminist movement, and how those women shaped their own images through autobiographies and contributed articles to newspapers and magazines.

Regiacorte will live for eight months in Sorrento, Italy, gathering the stories, images and words left behind by his father and his mother's parents who emigrated to the U.S. His goal is to complete a collection of poems, which deal with emigration and translation between continents and between generations.

The UI has previously announced three other students who won Fulbright Fellowships for the 2000-01 academic year. They include Ned Bertz, a Ph.D. student in history; Carrie Messenger, an M.F.A. student in creative writing; and Lana Zak, a May 2000 graduate in journalism and political science.

The Fulbright Program is designed to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Annually, approximately 4,500 new grants are awarded through national competitions of students, teachers, scholars and professionals.

At the UI, student Fulbright awards are administered by the Office for Study Abroad. For more information, contact Phil Carls at (319) 335-0353.