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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 14, 2005

Two UI Students Invited To Regional Rhodes Scholarship Interviews

University of Iowa seniors Kimberly Lynne Nelson and Allison Page are two of 16 Rhodes Scholarship candidates from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma who were invited to attend the regional Rhodes interviews as finalists.

This scholarship offers 32 of the top students in the United States the opportunity to pursue graduate study at Oxford University in England. The UI has not sent two students to the regional interview in more than 10 years. The interviews will be held in Des Moines Nov. 18-19; the results are announced immediately following the interviews.

Nelson, from West Des Moines, is double majoring in English and anthropology and will graduate from the UI in May 2006. A Presidential Scholar, Nelson is a winner of the Fenton Award, given by the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and of a Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award, given by the University Honors Program. She is a Writing Fellow, and has served an Undergraduate Scholar Assistantship with the UI Center for the Book. In addition, she designs and creates jewelry.

Page, from Iowa City, is double majoring in French and music (piano performance) with a minor in women's studies, and will graduate from the UI in May 2006. Page is a two-time winner of the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. As a musician, she has attended the Aspen Music Festival summer music school, has participated in many master classes with visiting faculty, and recently gave a public performance of Liszt's "Dante" sonata. As an activist, Page is a co-founder of the Iowa City Anti-Violence Project and the Safe Streets Crew, which offers members of the Iowa City and UI community safe walks home on weekends.

The application process for the Rhodes Scholarship is rigorous, and includes the application itself, eight letters of recommendation, and mock interviews on campus. Both candidates worked closely with the University Honors Program in preparing their applications. The regional interview consists of a formal dinner followed the next day by intensive interviews.

For more information about the Rhodes Scholarship, visit Included on the website are profiles of recent Rhodes Scholars.

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.