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University of Iowa News Release

May 17, 2005

Engineering Student Named Department Of Homeland Security Fellow

Erin R. Steenblock of Janesville, Wis., a May 2005 University of Iowa College of Engineering bachelor's degree recipient in chemical engineering, has been named a winner of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in biomedical engineering at Yale University.

The three-year scholarship consists of tuition, a stipend and an internship. In 2003, Steenblock was a DHS undergraduate scholarship winner in the department's first-ever Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows Program.

The competitive DHS program annually selects some 100 winners from nearly 2,500 applications reviewed by over 100 experts in a variety of fields including the physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences, as well as engineering, mathematics and computer science. It provides undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to U.S. students interested in pursuing scientific and engineering careers applicable to the DHS mission.

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 terrorists, and minimize the damage and recovery efforts from attacks that occur.

Further information on DHS and the program is available at:

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