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June 8, 2006

UI Awards 17 Stanley Fellowships For Research Abroad

The Stanley Fellowships for Graduate Student Research Abroad have been awarded to 17 University of Iowa graduate students for the 2006-2007 year. The awards are given through UI International Programs in the amount of $2,000 each. The Stanley Fellowships are intended to encourage UI graduate students to pursue foreign research and career interests by supporting preliminary field research abroad. Graduate and professional students in all fields of study are encouraged to apply.

These awards are made possible by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, and are the UI's premier awards for international study. 

For more information on the Stanley Fellowships, contact the UI International Programs' Office of Research and Development at 319-335-2823.

The Office of Research and Development is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, and academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

Scholarship winners are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns first.


FAIRFIELD: Sonia Gunderson, a master of arts student in professional journalism, will travel to Canada to study the Canadian Arctic community of Igloolik through the lives of four of its artists. She will use the histories, art, perspectives and choices of the four artists to explore how the issues they and their community have encountered represent the challenges and potential solutions facing Inuit and other indigenous peoples. Her project is titled "Igloolik: One Inuit Community's Efforts to Blend Traditional and Contemporary Life."

IOWA CITY: Caroline Campbell, a doctoral student in history, will travel to France this summer to explore the intersections between political extremism, conservative women and religion during the chaotic interwar years in France.  Her project is titled "Fascism, Religion and Gender: The case of the Croix de feu, 1927-1936."

IOWA CITY: Kim Euell, a master of fine arts student in playwriting, will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, this summer to conduct research for her play "Sistern." Euell will conduct several in-depth recorded interviews with Lydia Chaba, the South African woman whose experience inspired the play.

IOWA CITY: Dennis Hanlon, a doctoral student in film studies, will travel to La Paz, Bolivia, in January 2007. He will research the history, political theory, aesthetics and reception of the Bolivian filmmaking collective El Grupo Ukamau for his project, titled "El Grupo Ukamau's Theory and Practice of a Cinema of the People." During his research, Hanlon will focus on how the group's theory and practice has changed over the last 30 years as a result of its ongoing collaborative project with highland indigenous peoples.

IOWA CITY: Anne Lyman, a doctor of musical arts student in choral conducting, will travel to Belgium this summer. While there, Lyman will research the court composer, Peter Philips, and his collection of sacred vocal works, "Deliciae sacrae." She will examine the role of music as a means of shaping a unique musical identity and will study musical issues of style in Philips's sacred music and how it represents an amalgamation of Italian, English and Flemish musical influences. Her research will result in a transcription of "Deliciae sacrae" with critical commentary. Her project is titled, "Musical Identity in Early Seventeenth-Century South Netherlands: Peter Philips's 'Deliciae sacrae' (1616)."

IOWA CITY: Eugene Sampson, a master of fine arts student in literary translation, will travel to Berlin, Germany, this summer to translate the fiction of award-winning German author Jan Peter Bremer. While in Berlin, Sampson will work with the Bremer to discuss details of the author's two novellas. His project is titled "Entertaining the Preposterous: The Fiction of Jan Peter Bremer in Translation."

IOWA CITY: Mary-Justine Todd, a master of arts student in international studies, will travel to Tanzania this summer to research gender-based physical and sexual violence in the refugee camps of Tanzania, as well as the response from international and domestic organizations for the mitigation of human rights violations toward women. Her project is titled "Addressing Gender Based Physical and Sexual Violence in the Refugee Camps of Tanzania."

IOWA CITY: Anna Waterman, a doctoral student in biological anthropology, will travel to Portugal this summer to document childhood health from the Late Neolithic through the end of the Copper Age in populations of the Lisbon peninsula. She will investigate what health-related changes such a transformation of social structure has on the children of the area. She will study four skeletal collections: the Lapa da Rainha, Bolores, Feteira II and Feteira I. Her project is titled "Children in Transition: Childhood Health in Late Prehistoric Portugal."

IOWA CITY: Ryan Wells, a doctoral student in higher education, will travel to Uganda this summer to explore a technology delivery case study to understand why some of these projects fail and why others are successful and sustainable. He plans to help determine how projects can best assist others in crossing the so-called digital divide.  His project is titled "Crossing the Digital Divide: Factors Affecting Success or Failure."

IOWA CITY: Melissa Zuroff, a master of arts student in international studies, will travel to New Delhi, India, in August 2006 to research how Indian graduate students who intend to study in the United States deal with social and psychological challenges. She will examine the support systems that are in place and the help-seeking behaviors that exist through interviews with students, faculty and staff at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her project is titled "Coping and Social Support in Graduate School: A Case Study of Students in New Delhi."

SOUTH AMANA: Jonathan Thomas, a doctoral student in archaeology, will travel to Portugal this summer to participate in the excavations at the Neolithic/Chalcolithic dolmen of Rabuje 4 in Monforte. He will also photograph undocumented Southwestern Iberian engraved slate plaques to establish a more comprehensive sequence of design types. His project is titled "Nascent Social Complexity and Symbolic Innovation in Neolithic/Chalcolithic Portugal."


SPRINGFIELD: Hilary Frost-Kumpf, a master of arts student in international studies, will travel to Tanzania this summer to examine the provision of arts management training for theatre practitioners in Tanzania, as a way of strengthening theatre production in that country. She will interview key informants in the field of theatre in Tanzania, including faculty of college performing arts/theatre degree programs, theatre administrators and key staff of the Tanzanian Ministry of Culture. Her project is titled "Arts Management Training for Theatre Practitioners in Tanzania."

New York

BUFFALO: Colleen Kinder, a master of fine arts student in nonfiction writing, will travel to Cuba this summer to interview and research two Cuban individuals, Pastorita Gonzalez and Oswaldo Paya, for the purpose of profiling them in a non-fiction account of modern-day Cuba. Her project is titled "Voces Habañeras: Voices of Havana."


ANKARRA: Ozge Girit, a doctoral student in communication studies, will travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands, this summer to investigate how the Turkish immigrants who are living in the Netherlands represent and negotiate their national identities through the cultural productions and events organized by the Turkish cultural organizations. Girit's project is titled "Identity and Representation: How Turkish Immigrants Negotiate their National Identity in Amsterdam."


HATEG: Florin Oprescu, an MBA student in marketing and doctoral student in public health, will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, this summer to explore ways in which the World Health Organization (WHO) generates, manages and disseminates health-related information to global audiences, especially to health-related organizations in developing countries. Oprescu's project is titled "Dissemination of Health-Related Information: The WHO Experience."

Republic of Korea

SEOUL: Minkyu Sung, a doctoral student in communication studies, will travel to South Korea this summer to research part of his doctoral dissertation. While there, Sung hopes to investigate the ways in which Korean diasporic immigrants in Japan have engaged with political and cultural issues from their motherland since the National Liberation in 1945. Sung's project is titled "A Study of Korean Japanese Social Movements."


FRANKFURT: Claudia Pummer, a doctoral student in film studies, will travel to France this summer to conduct preliminary research for her dissertation. She will focus on French films made between 1945 and 1958. Pummer's project is titled "French Post-WWII 'Rubble Films.'"

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: IP Office of Research and Development, 319-335-2823; Writer: Kelli Andresen.