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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 3, 2004

Graduate College Establishes New Fellowships in Social Science

Ten University of Iowa graduate students are the first recipients of a new fellowship created by the UI Graduate College. The Social Science Dissertation Year Fellowships are intended to support doctoral students in their final year of graduate study in the social sciences as they complete their dissertations. The Graduate College provides stipends of $1,500 per month for up to 12 months.

The new fellowships are modeled on the Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Year Fellowships in the Humanities, which the Graduate College has awarded for many years. Given the substantial success of these awards, and the proven value in terms of facilitating the timely completion of dissertations, John Keller, associate provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate College, worked with the Graduate Council to launch a similar program for students in the social sciences.

Doctoral students who have completed their comprehensive examination, and can reasonably expect to complete the dissertation the 2005 spring or summer session, were eligible to be nominated by their department for this award.

The first winners of the Social Science Dissertation Year Fellowships are listed along with their dissertation topics alphabetically by department:


Jeanne Frerichs will examine the complex relationships linking the Swedish organic food movement with the government and the industrial food system.

Management and Organizations

Erin Johnson will examine international entrepreneurship

Political Science

Megan Shannon: "Why do international organizations (IOs) expand their membership?"

Brent Steele: "Ontological Security and Shame in Hegemonic Action"


John Chambers: "The Use of Separate Standards in Self and Social Judgments" Stephanie Hart: "The Role of Cognitive Resources and Individual Differences in the Risk Preferences of Children and Adults"

Roman Kotov: "The Role of Personality in Anxiety and Mood Disorders"

Shanhong Luo: "Does Love Make Us Blind? Effects of Attraction on Self and Other Perceptions and the Moderating Role of Attachment"


Reef Youngren: "Under what conditions do minority views - or perspectives that are not held by the numerical majority in a group - become influential in a group?"

Women's Studies

Sreevidya Kalaramadam: "Transforming State and Politics: Women Changing Local Governance in India"

For summaries of these students' dissertation topics, visit the Graduate College website at More information about UI Graduate College Fellowships is available online at

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