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April 27, 2006

Two UI Students Awarded Humanity In Action Summer Fellowships

Two students in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded five-week summer fellowships from the Humanity in Action Foundation.

Mary "Molly" Spellman, a senior from Des Moines majoring in political science and international studies, will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Alicia "Ali" Sutton, a senior from Wadsworth, Ill. majoring in literature, science and the arts, will travel to Berlin. The fellowships are designed to allow participants to study the condition of minorities in their host country and seek innovative ways to address the challenges they face.

Spellman and Sutton are among 66 American undergraduate students selected from a national pool of students from 147 colleges and universities for the prestigious award. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic achievement, leadership ability and demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of minorities.

Spellman attended Dowling High School in Des Moines. Sutton attended Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill.

Upon completion of the summer program, fellows may pursue internships at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the European Parliament, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Anne Frank Foundation and other sites.

HIA sponsors six summer fellowship programs in Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and the United States.

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