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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 13, 2005

Four Undergraduates Win Travel Grants From UI CLAS

Linda Maxson, dean of The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has announced the winners of four undergraduate research and travel awards from the college's Dewey Stuit Fund in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Nicole Bruskewitz of Elgin, Ill., a senior studying English and literature, science, and the arts, will receive support for travel to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she will engage in research into the role of food in the local community. She will collect stories from Oaxacans to be incorporated into a radio essay for broadcast in both Iowa City and Oaxaca.

Nicole Hussain of West Dundee, Ill., a junior studying dance, will receive support for travel to New York City, where she will perform with Charlotte Adams and Dancers at Joyce SoHo, a highly competitive professional dance venue. She will perform in three of the five works on a program entitled "Blind Dogs Sing of Love."

Kristin Musser of Riverside, a senior studying speech and hearing science, will receive support for travel to Granby, Colorado, where she will serve as a guide for the Colorado Neurological Institute's Cochlear Kids Camp, which provides recreational and educational experiences for children who have cochlear implants. She will study social skills within the young cochlear implant user population, gathering data for a research paper that will develop a significant aspect of her honors thesis.

Meghan Osterman of Iowa City, a senior studying dance and performing arts entrepreneurship, will receive support for travel to New York City as managing director for Charlotte Adams and Dancers while the company is on tour. The trip will give her first-hand experience in managing a touring company, including working with a theater manager, keeping the budget and running the sound system for performances.

The Dewey Stuit Fund in Liberal Arts and Sciences is an endowed fund created by friends and former colleagues of Dewey Stuit, dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its purpose is to advance the extracurricular research, scholarship, and creative work of undergraduate students and to promote the development of mentor-protégé relationships between faculty members and undergraduate students.

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

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