WRITER: MICHELLE MONCRIEFFE
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: July 5, 2002
UI graduate students win fellowships for foreign language study
Eight University of Iowa graduate students have won Foreign Language and
Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to study languages ranging from Portuguese
These fellowships are awarded to UI graduate students pursuing international
careers in development studies, global health, global studies and language
communication, and are intended to help students gain fluency in languages
that will be of value to the students' professional careers.
Five of the students will study languages not widely spoken in the United
States during intensive summer courses. Three will take academic-year language
courses taught in the United States or abroad. 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 United States or abroad. Academic year FLAS awards cover tuition, fees
and a $14,000 stipend and require recipients to take one language course per
FLAS fellowships are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant
from the U.S. Department of Education. UI International Programs administers
the fellowship program. FLAS fellowship winners are listed alphabetically
by hometown with Iowa students listed first:
CORALVILLE: Jennifer Croft, an M.F.A. student in cinema and comparative literature,
to study Polish at the UI.
IOWA CITY: Jill Smith, an M. A. student in urban and regional planning, to
study Japanese at Middlebury Language School in Middlebury, Vermont
SAN JOSE: Reza Aslan, an M.F.A. student in creative writing, to study Arabic
at American University in Cairo, Egypt
POPE VALLEY: Felicity Thompson, an M.F.A. student in creative writing, to
study Kiswahili at the Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Language, in Zanzibar,
BOISE: Jacque L. Amoureux, a Ph.D. student in political science, to study
Portuguese at the UI.
LOUISVILLE: David Dorkin, a law student, to study Portuguese at the UI.
ST LOUIS PARK: Steven Almquist, Ph.D. student in English, to study Kiswahili
in Mombasa, Kenya, through Yale University.
MT. JOY: Elaine M. Shenk, a Ph.D. student in Spanish linguistics, to study
Mayan-influenced advanced Spanish at the Ulew Tinmit Spanish School in Quetzaltenango,