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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 21, 2005

Seven UI Students Receive Prestigious Fulbright Grants For 2005-06

Seven University of Iowa students have received the prestigious Fulbright Grants for the 2005-06 academic year, more than double the number of UI student grant winners in 2004-05.

William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of UI International Programs, said this is a direct reflection of the outstanding scholarship and strong support provided by UI faculty and staff for international teaching, research and service.

"The University of Iowa is very proud of these students who have received one of the most prestigious fellowships available to American students," Reisinger said. "I am confident that they will be excellent ambassadors and academics. The international understanding they foster will benefit our country for years to come."

The Fulbright Program is designed to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Annually, approximately 5,000 new grants are awarded through national competitions of students, teachers, scholars and professionals.

Following are the recipients alphabetically by hometown with Iowa first:


BURLINGTON: Andrew Boyd, who earned a bachelor's degree from the UI in International Studies with a pre-medicine emphasis in May 2005, postponed entry into medical school to conduct research on a tuberculosis (TB) surveillance system in Mexico for a year. Boyd is reviewing published TB surveillance protocols and health policy initiatives, as well as conducting informal interviews with healthcare professionals.

FORT DODGE: Alissa Burmeister, a UI graduate student in German, has been awarded a teaching assistantship to Germany for a year. While there, she will research expatriate German women who lived in East Africa between 1846 and 1911, which was the topic of her master's thesis. Burmeister is expanding her research to explore why these women chose to live in Africa rather than Germany. Burmeister earned a bachelor's degree in German and English from the UI in May 2001.

FORT DODGE: Nate Green, a UI law student, is spending a year at Leiden University in the Netherlands, pursuing an English language master's degree in political science, specializing in international relations. Specifically, he is studying and researching the United States' role in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the efforts of international non-governmental organizations and the Netherlands in promoting U.S.-ICC membership. Green earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a pre-law emphasis from the UI in May 2004.

QUIMBY: Steven Schubert, a UI graduate student in linguistics who is pursuing a secondary education certification, has been awarded a teaching assistantship to Romania for a year. While there, he will conduct research on ways to improve understanding of the teacher-student role in a cross-cultural environment through contact with other teachers and students. This trip to Romania also gives Schubert an opportunity to improve his teaching skills and collect data for current insights and future research in second language acquisition.

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BROOKLYN: Robin Tierney, a UI graduate student in comparative literature, is spending a year in Japan. She is interested in placing the formal innovation of contemporary Japanese women's literature in dialogue with its thematic treatment of female sexuality, in particular with regard to the uniquely public figure of the modern Japanese housewife. Her goal is to articulate female sexuality in a language that is informed by both literary experimentation and the socio-economic history of the modern Japanese housewife.

NEW HARTFORD: Kimberly Cleveland, a UI graduate student in art history, traveled to Brazil to explore the implications, tendencies and restrictions of the "Afro-Brazilian" category in relation to how contemporary black artists in Brazil view themselves and their in work. This research will provide a more complex and accurate understanding of how race and African influences shape self- and artistic-identities within the Africa diaspora.


MILWAUKEE: Michael Baltutis, a UI graduate student in religious studies, traveled to India to study the annual eight-day Indrajatra festival in Nepal. He is conducting field research by observing the festival's primary celebration in Kathmandu and its secondary elements in nearby local areas, and obtaining and reading relevant primary sources.

At the UI, student Fulbright awards are administered by University of Iowa International Programs Office of Research and Development. For more information on this or other scholarships, contact Roberta Marvin at 319-335-2823 or by e-mail at

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

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: International Programs Office of Research and Development,; Writer: Po Li Loo