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Release: July 9, 2002

UI students win scholarships for study abroad

The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad has awarded 20 scholarships for summer and short-term study abroad. Students from diverse disciplines, ranging from biomedical engineering to accounting to art, are spending the summer overseas.

The $500, merit-based scholarships are part of a $65,000 financial aid package allocated by the university to support study abroad. This is the second year that this fellowship program has been available.

Janis Perkins, director of the UI Office for Study Abroad, said she is pleased with the university's commitment to making study abroad accessible and affordable for UI students.

"These particular awards were awarded on the basis of the students' academic record, letters of recommendation, and statements of objectives," Perkins said. "As the selection committee found the pool of applicants to be highly impressive, these scholarships represent a significant accomplishment on the part of the recipients."

For more information on this and other study abroad scholarship opportunities, call the UI Office for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353 or visit and click on Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The recipients of the study abroad scholarships are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa recipients first:


ANKENY: Bian Li, a sophomore economics and global studies double major with a minor in international business, is going to Kenya for independent study at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE).

DAVENPORT: Cathy Crouch, a pre-medicine junior majoring in biomedical engineering, attends the Institute Nationale Polytechnique de Grenoble in Grenoble, France, where she is enrolled in several French and engineering courses through the Global Engineering Education Exchange program, Institute of International Education.

DES MOINES: Melissa Ward, a sophomore elementary education major, will take part in the USAC Costa Rica Program in Heredia, Costa Rica.

DUBUQUE: Carissa Reis, a junior geography major with a minor in philosophy, Ries will visit Oaxaca, Mexico, for the University of Iowa Summer Geography Program in Mexico.

HARTWICK: Amanda Fredericks, a junior studio art major and German minor, will spend six weeks in Florence, Italy, studying photography or painting, and Italian, in a program sponsored by the Dominican University.

HARLAN: Jessica Heim, a junior accounting major with a minor in French, will participate in the Iowa Regents Summer Program in Lyon, France.

IOWA FALLS: Michael Dhar, a junior English and biology double major, will spend the summer in Ireland attending the Irish Writing Program at Trinity College in Dublin.

LEDYARD: Valetta Krumwiede, a senior nursing major, will travel to Japan for the Cross-Cultural Nursing Program sponsored by the College of Nursing.

MARION: Kevin Phan, a senior English and religion double major, will attend the Irish Writing Program in Dublin. During his stay in the country, Phan intends to study contemporary and historical Irish writers.

MERILL: Amanda Schoenherr, a junior pre-medicine student majoring in microbiology with minors in chemistry and Spanish, will go to the Dominican Republic for the Latin American Health, Nutrition, and Environmental Issues in the Dominican Republic program, sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).

MT. AYR: Deborah Stephens, a junior studying pre-medicine and health promotion will go to Alicante, Spain for CIEE's Universidad de Alicante Summer Program.

OTTUMWA: Cathy Diebold, a senior environmental science major with a minor in African studies, will conduct research in South Africa for an independent study project on the group behavior of captive Jackass Penguins. Diebold will also go to London for an internship with the East London Aquarium.

WEST DES MOINES: Damien Lyster, a senior global studies, economics, and Russian major, and Aaron Roberson, a senior global studies and Russian/East European studies major, will both attend the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) at Bryn Maur College in St. Petersburg, Russia.

WEST DES MOINES: Tammy Reavis, a pre-medicine senior exercise science major travels to Valladolid, Spain, to attend the Iowa Regents Hispanic Institute.


DOWNERS GROVE: Brian Schuering, a junior cinema and English major with a minor in Spanish, travels to Valladolid, Spain, for the Iowa Regents Hispanic Institute.

ST. CHARLES: Kim Ernster, a junior psychology and sociology double major, will go to London, to learn about the United Kingdom's criminal justice system in the University of Westminster Summer Program at Butler University.


LINCOLN: Kimberly Ma, a pre-medicine junior majoring in biomedical engineering, will attend the Chinese studies program in Chengdu, China, sponsored by the University Study Abroad Commission (USAC) and the University of Nevada-Reno.

OMAHA: Lori Eiserman, a sophomore interdepartmental studies major, travels to Oaxaca, Mexico, for the University of Iowa Geography Program in Mexico to study ceremonial music and dance and traditional medicine within native cultures.

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LEBANON: Julianne Saine, a sophomore English and sociology major, will attend the six-week Irish Writing Program at the Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

The UI Office for Study Abroad administers study abroad programs and exchanges for the University of Iowa and provides advising services for students interested in an international educational experience. The office also administers several scholarship competitions for international study and research. The office is located at 120 International Center and is open to students from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City, off of Park Road, or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.

The UI Office for Study Abroad is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.