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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 to Kiswahili.

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 semester.

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, Tanzania


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, Guatemala.