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Release: June 26, 2001

Two UI students receive Foundation for Physical Therapy scholarships

Two University of Iowa students have received scholarships from the Foundation for Physical Therapy through its 2001 Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholars program.

Laura Frey Law, a student in the physical rehabilitation doctorate program, and Barbara Quaney, a doctoral student in exercise science, received Promotion of Doctoral Studies scholarships.

A 1990 graduate of the UI College of Engineering, Law went on to receive a master's degree in physical therapy from the UI in 1993 and a master's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1994. She returned to the UI to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy to prepare her for a research career.

"My goals are to further study changes in joint mechanics caused by injury, fatigue and pain, and then one day be able to determine which physical therapy interventions are most effective for shoulder rehabilitation," Law said.

Law's plans for her $7,500 scholarship include purchasing updated software for an electromagnetic 3-D imaging system in the lab.

"I am so excited to get external funding that validates what I am doing," Law said.

Quaney graduated from the University of Kansas in 1989 with a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy. She worked as a clinician in several states before coming to the UI to receive a master's degree in physical therapy. In 1998, she enrolled in the exercise science doctorate program, and she anticipates completing her degree in 2002.

"I am deeply honored to have been selected for the doctoral scholarship," Quaney said. "I am also very appreciative and grateful to the Foundation for Physical Therapy for making this award possible for graduate students."

Quaney will use her $15,000 scholarship to support her final year of doctoral study. Her dissertation topic is memory systems underlying the anticipatory programming of grasping.

"I am proud of the physical therapy community for their financial commitment to basic science and clinical research," Quaney said.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to the ultimate goal of improving the quality and delivery of patient care. The foundation accomplishes this goal by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.