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Release: May 31, 2001

UI students win fellowships for foreign language study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Thanks to University of Iowa International Programs Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, six UI graduate students will have the opportunity to study foreign languages ranging from German and Serbo-Croatian to Japanese and Spanish in 2001 and 2002.

These fellowships are awarded to UI graduate students pursuing international careers in conjunction with an interdisciplinary or professional studies program and are intended to help students gain fluency in languages that will be of value for the students' professional careers.

FLAS fellowships are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Summer fellowships offer a $2,400 stipend plus full tuition and may be used for beginning level course work in approved less commonly taught languages at a U.S. institution or for intermediate or advanced-level intensive language study at an institution in the U.S. or abroad.

Academic Year FLAS awards cover tuition, fees and an $11,000 stipend. Academic year fellowships require recipients to take one language course per semester.

The winners of the FLAS fellowships are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa students listed first:


COLUMBUS JUNCTION: Gregory Gerling, industrial engineering, to study Spanish during summer 2001 at University of Guanajauto, Mexico.

IOWA CITY: Brett Van Hoesen, art and art history, to study German during summer 2001 at the Goethe Institute, Germany; and Jill Smith, urban and regional planning, to study Japanese during summer 2002 at the Middlebury College Language School in Middlebury, Vermont.


WELLINGTON: Kendra Brigden Holtzman, political science, to study Serbo-Croatian during the 2001-02 academic year at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.


MANDAN: Stacy Morris, law, to study Spanish during the 2001-02 academic year at the University of Iowa.


RICHARDSON: Shannon L. Fogg, history, to study Polish during the 2001-02 academic year at the University of Iowa.