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Release: April 9, 2003

Three UI Seniors Win Prizes For Graduate Study

The University of Iowa Graduate College recently awarded the Sanxay Prize and the Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize to three seniors in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Adam Christensen, a Cedar Falls native and graduate of Cedar Falls High School, was awarded the Sanxay Prize, which is given annually by the Graduate College to the UI liberal arts senior from Iowa who shows the highest promise of achievement in graduate studies. Christensen will enter Harvard University's Neuroscience Graduate Program in fall 2003. The prize, which carries a stipend of $1,000, may be used at the University of Iowa or at any other university in the United States or abroad.

Brian Metzger, a Burlington native and graduate of Burlington Community High School, and Christopher Jones, Cedar Rapids native and graduate of Kennedy High School, were the co-recipients of the new Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize, a $5,000 award that funds graduate study at the University of Iowa or at any other accredited university in the United States or abroad.

Metzger plans to study physics at the University of California, Berkeley, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.

Jones also plans to study physics, but has not yet decided where he will attend graduate school.

In addition to demonstrating promise of achievement in graduate studies, Jones and Metzger were recognized for their high academic records and their school and civic leadership during high school and college. The award was established by a gift from UI alumni Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen.

Christensen, Jones, and Metzger will be recognized at the Honors Award Ceremony on Sunday, April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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