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Release: March 29, 2002

UI WISE program awards travel grants

The University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program has announced spring semester award recipients of its newly established WISE Travel Grant Program.

The award winners, each of whom will receive $250 toward travel to a professional meeting to present scholarly work, are:

-- Tamara Dawn Hamilton of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, a chemistry doctoral student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who will present her paper, A Polyhedral Host Designed Using a Linear Template, at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, Fla., April 7-11.

-- Roopa Kamath of Bangalore, India, an environmental engineering doctoral student in the College of Engineering, who presented her paper, Effect of Root Exudates on Phenanthrene Degradation by Hawaiian Soil Isolates, at the Third International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, Calif., May 20-23.

-- Maria Grazia Viola of Ciampino, (a suburb of Rome) Italy, a mathematics doctoral student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who presented her paper, On the Existence of Non-Outer Conjugate Zn-Kernels on a Free Group Factor with the Same Obstruction to Lifting, at the Joint Mathematics Meeting (American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America, and National Association of Mathematicians), San Diego, Calif., Jan. 5-9.

The WISE Travel Grants, with support from the UI Office of the Provost, will be awarded each fall and spring semester following the schedule and guidelines found on the WISE website: For further information about WISE, contact Chris Brus, director, at (319) 353-2290 or at