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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 31, 2005

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Engineering Student Named Department Of Homeland Security Scholar

Jacqueline Alcántar of Chicago, a junior chemical engineering student in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been named a scholarship winner by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows Program. In addition to providing full tuition and a $1,000 monthly stipend during the academic year, the scholarship includes a 10-week summer 2006 internship and $500 per week salary with a U.S. government lab. Award recipients are eligible to request a one-year renewal for their senior year.

DHS received nearly 700 applications from juniors and graduate students and had them reviewed by an internal and external panel of science and technology experts. This year's 130 award recipients include students from 64 institutions in 32 states, including the District of Columbia.

After graduation, students are encouraged to consider employment offers from DHS, state and local operational offices, DHS-affiliated laboratories and facilities, and/or DHS-related university positions. The program is designed to support the development and mentoring of the next generation of scientists as they study ways to prevent terrorist attacks within the U.S., reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recovery efforts from attacks that occur. The Homeland Security Scholarship and Fellowship Program is open to all U.S. students interested in pursuing scientific and technological research that can be applied to the Homeland Security vision of preserving our freedoms and protecting the country.

Further information on the program is available at:

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

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