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University of Iowa News Release

May 31, 2005

UI Student Wins 2005 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Thomas Niblock, a University of Iowa junior from Nevada, Iowa, has been awarded a prestigious national scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Twenty Pickering Fellowships are awarded nationally each year. 

As a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, Niblock has won a full scholarship for his junior and senior years at the UI, and for his first year of graduate school. In summer 2006, he will attend the Junior Year Summer Institute, spending seven weeks at a public policy graduate school studying economics, calculus and policy analysis. He will also serve the Department of State in two paid summer internships, one domestic and one overseas. Following his graduate work, Niblock will be required to serve a minimum 4.5-year appointment as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.   

At the UI, Niblock is majoring in economics at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business and in religious studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  He has engaged in research on AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa with Professor Beth Ingram in the Department of Economics, and has taught English in Ukraine. He is an active member of the UI Student Government, works on the student staff of the University Honors Program and plays the trombone in the Hawkeye Marching Band.

For more information about the Pickering Fellowship:   

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Writer: Sarah Prineas, program assistant and scholarship advisor, University Honors Program, 319-335-1874