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Release: July 25, 2001

UI students receive Fulbright grants for research, study abroad

IOWA CITY, Iowa –Six University of Iowa students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Grants to study and conduct research abroad during the 2001-2002 academic year.

The United States Congress created the Fulbright Program in the aftermath of World War II to foster mutual understanding among nations through education and cultural exchanges. The late Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has supported more than 225,000 U.S. and foreign students and scholars.

For more information about the Fulbright program, call Phil Carls, Fulbright Program Adviser, at the UI Office for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353 or visit the following Web site:

UI Fulbright recipients for 2001-2002 are listed according to hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first:


CORALVILLE: Melissa Moll, a graduate student in music, will study organ with Jon Laukvik, professor or organ and harpsichord, at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Stuttgart, Germany.

IOWA CITY: Andrew Gilligan, a graduate student in comparative literature and translation, will travel to Switzerland to work with author Peter Bichsel on a translation of his latest novel, "Cherubin Hammer und Cherubin Hammer."


CHICAGO: Gitti Salami, a Ph.D. candidate in African art history, will examine the artistic practices of the annual New Yam Festivals throughout rural Yakurr communities in southeastern Nigeria.

ORLAND PARK: Joseph Wzorek, who graduated in May 2001 with a B.A. in psychology, will assist in teaching English language and American studies to German high school students and will continue his own studies of German language, culture and history.


BOWLING GREEN: Jacinda Townsend, who graduated in May 2001 with an M.F.A. in creative writing, will study literature at the Universite de Cocody in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and write a fictional account of a young American who, using new DNA technology, was able to trace his "roots" to a specific family in Abidjan.


METUCHEN: Sarah McCann, M.F.A. who graduated in May 2001 with an M.F.A. in creative writing, will travel to Athens, Greece, to work on her own poetry and to translate contemporary women poets in Greece.