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April 8, 2008

University of Iowa student wins prestigious Udall Scholarship

Meredith DeBoom, a University of Iowa junior from Sibley, Iowa, has won a $5,000 Udall Scholarship -- an award given to 80 of the nation's top sophomores and juniors who demonstrate a commitment to careers related to the environment, to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers in tribal public policy, and to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers related to native health care.

DeBoom, who is majoring in political science in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and international studies in CLAS and International Programs, hopes to specialize in energy and environmental policy in her future career. She is a founding member of the UI Civic Analysis Network, a nonpartisan policy research center for the Iowa Legislature.

She has served as a teaching assistant, a sorority president, a three-term student government senator and a founding member of a campus community service group. DeBoom has studied foreign policy in Russia and is currently an intern in the EPA's Climate Change Division. A farm girl at heart, she enjoys golfing, making life to-do lists, and exploring the great outdoors.

The Morris K. Udall Foundation was authorized by Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Udall's legacy of public service. The foundation is supported by a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury and contributions from the private sector.

Udall served in the U.S. House of Representatives for three decades, a career distinguished by civility, integrity and consensus. He championed the rights of Native Americans and Alaska natives, using his leadership in congress to strengthen tribal self-governance and national environmental policy.

For a complete listing of the 2008 Udall Scholars or for more information on the Morris Udall Foundation, see

For more information on the UI Honors Program, see

DeBoom was also recently named a 2008 Truman Scholar. For more information, see

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Prineas, UI Honors Program, 319-335-1874,; Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,