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July 7, 2010

UI Honors Program recognizes UI students, professors, staff

The University of Iowa Honors Program presented 70 UI students with almost $75,000 in scholarships during its annual recognition ceremony in spring of 2010, to celebrate students' academic, extracurricular and research accomplishments. UI recipients of the major national and international scholarships were also recognized.

The late Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the UI Honors Program, endows many of the scholarships. Students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Tippie College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and College of Nursing were honored.

Linda Maxson, dean of CLAS and recipient of the Staff Award for Outstanding Campus Support, spoke to the audience of students, families and UI faculty and staff. In addition to presenting student awards, faculty and staff were recognized for contributions to the UI Honors Program.

Kenneth Brown and Amy Colbert, both from the Tippie College of Business, received the Lane Davis Award for Honors Team Teaching. Dénes Gazsi, lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and coordinator of the Arabic Language Program in CLAS, received the Student Award for Outstanding Honors Teaching. Jonathan Poulton, professor and honors advisor in the Department of Biology in CLAS, received the inaugural Outstanding Honors Advisor Award.

For more about the UI Honors Program, visit http://honors.uiowa.edu.

NOTE TO MEDIA: This release includes information about a scholarship for a student in your readership area. Scholarship recipients are listed alphabetically by state and hometown. News organizations are welcome to customize the following sample brief using the information for students from their coverage area.

(Student name) of (hometown) received a (name of scholarship(s) from the University of Iowa at the UI Honors Program Annual Recognition Ceremony. (Last name) is the (son/daughter) of (parents' names) and is a graduate of (name of high school). (He/she) is a (year in college) majoring in (major(s) OR is a spring 2010 graduate with (degree named here). Additional information is provided about each student’s research and UI achievements.

IOWA

Ames: Natalie Deam, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Second-year Award. Deam, a French and comparative literature major in CLAS, is also earning a minor in art with a focus on figure and portrait painting. A member of the UI Environmental Coalition, she is also studying toward a certificate in sustainability. She is the daughter of Anne and Dirk Deam and a 2008 graduate of Ames High School.

Ames: David Naylor, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Earning a computer science and mathematics major and Spanish minor, Naylor is an Honors Program student staff member and Writing Fellow. He participated in the UI Concert Band, and conducted research in the computer science department in CLAS. He is the son of Larry Naylor and Melissa Blacketer and a 2007 graduate of Ames High School.

Ames: Sarah Raaii, a May 2010 graduate, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Raaii double-majored in economics and journalism and mass communication in CLAS. Raaii was an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Research Fellow, an Honors Writing Fellow, the president of Associated Iowa Honors Students and marketing director of the University Lecture Committee. She is the daughter of Ahmad and Simone Raaii and a 2006 graduate of Ames High School.

Audubon: Amanda Lynam-Nelson, a May 2010 graduate in biology and environmental science, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. With a focus in bioscience, Lynam-Nelson studied the evolution of asexual New Zealand mudsnails, leading to a poster presentation and an honors thesis. This fall she will begin the biology graduate program at the UI. The daughter of James and Bonnie Lynam, she is a 1996 graduate of Audubon High School.

Bellevue: Lindsey Knake, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Majoring in biomedical engineering with a Spanish minor, Knake does Virtual Soldier research with the College of Engineering and has traveled internationally to study the Spanish national health care system. She is the daughter of Mike and Kathy Knake and a 2007 graduate of Bellevue High School.

Bettendorf: Caitlin Streit, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award. Streit, majoring in management with a minor in psychology and a certificate in philosophies and ethics of politics, law and economics, is a member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, the Tippie Scholars Program and the UI Student Government. She is the daughter of Mark and Rebecca Streit and a 2009 graduate of Bettendorf High School.

Cedar Falls: Laura Formanek, a May 2010 graduate in studio art and cinema, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. With an interest in animation, Formanek has served in several positions for the 10,000 Show, most-recently leading marketing for the annual 10K concert. She is the daughter Gary and Sandy Formanek and a 2006 graduate of Cedar Falls High School.

Cedar Rapids: Jeffrey Nirschl, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Nirschl was also awarded a national Goldwater Scholarship in 2010 for his pursuit of a research career in the sciences. He is actively involved in the honors program, volunteering, tutoring and neuroscience research. He is the son of John and Jayne Nirschl and a 2007 graduate of Linn-Mar High School.

Cedar Rapids: Dustin Tardiff, a May 2010 graduate in mechanical engineering, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Having also earned a mathematics minor and technological entrepreneurship certificate, he will attend the University of South Carolina's International Masters in Business Administration program this fall. He is the son of Ronald and Christine Tardiff and a 2006 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Clive: Jery Inbarasu, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Second-year Award. Inbarasu, an integrative physiology major, conducts research in the chemistry department, volunteers at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and is chair of the UI chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He is the son of Inba Inbarasu and Jeba Inbarasu and a 2008 graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines.

Colfax: Colorado Reed, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Second-year Award and the Dewey B. Stuit Second-year Award. Reed was also named a 2010 national Goldwater Scholar for his pursuit of a research career in science. A physics and computer science major, he is president and founder of Creativity in Science and plays rhythm guitar for an acoustic trio. He is the son of James and Jo Anne Reed and a 2008 graduate of Colfax-Mingo High School.

Coralville: Eric Reynolds, a May 2010 integrative physiology graduate, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. At the recognition ceremony, Reynolds also spoke on behalf of the graduating honors students, providing wisdom and humor to other students and the audience. He will join the Carver College of Medicine this fall as a medical student. The son of Bruce Reynolds and Katherine Thede-Reynolds, he is a 2006 graduate of West High School.

Denison: Sarita Patnaik, a senior graduating in July 2010, was recognized for receiving a 2010 Fulbright Grant. An international studies, French and Arabic, and art history major, Patnaik will be doing independent research in Morocco for one year. At UI, she has been a member of the University Lecture Committee, the Bijou Board of Directors and a student staff member in the Honors Program. She is the daughter of Cheryl Broderson and Basant Patnaik, and a 2006 graduate of Denison High School.

Des Moines: Suzanne Wedeking, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. An international studies and violin performance major, Wedeking also was the featured performer, along with another honors student, Katie Klocke, at the recognition ceremony, playing Navarra by Pablo de Sarasate. She is the daughter of Elaine and Bill Wedeking and a 2004 graduate of Roosevelt High School.

Dubuque: Alicia Maxwell, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Maxwell is majoring in physics, astronomy and mathematics, and is active in the University Choir, as a peer minister at the Wesley center and on the Collegiate Tae Kwon Do team. She is the daughter of Karla and Steve Maxwell and a 2007 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

Durant: Cady Belitz, a May 2010 graduate, was celebrated as the 2009 recipient of the Penningroth Award, recognizing a rising senior who combines extraordinary skill and attainment in leadership with exceptional performance in scholarship. Belitz majored in elementary education with endorsements in reading and talented and gifted education in the College of Education. She is the daughter of Joel and Kim Belitz and a 2006 graduate of Durant High School.

Durant: Alex Einfeldt, a senior, received the Phi Eta Sigma/Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award and the James D. Robertson Scholarship for a Junior in Social Science. A psychology and religious studies major, Einfeldt is an Honors Peer Advisor and Summer Orientation Guide, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Research Ambassador and a researcher in developmental psychology. She is the daughter of Jim and Wanda Einfeldt and a 2007 graduate of Durant High School.

Estherville: Michele Pelzer, a May 2010 graduate in nursing, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Pelzer conducted her honors independent study in anesthesia nursing at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and completed an externship at UCLA Healthcare in Los Angeles. She is a former chapter president of Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority. The daughter of Patty Pelzer, she is a 2006 graduate of Armstrong-Ringsted High School.

Guttenberg: Molly Moser, a May 2010 graduate in studio art, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Moser, who also earned a certificate in museum studies, was a docent at Old Capitol Museum, a gallery programmer for the Honors Program and a volunteer at the Office of the State Archaeologist. She is the daughter of Mary Moser and Perry Moser and a 2006 graduate of Clayton Ridge High School.

Iowa City: Anessa Olson, a senior, received the Kay Keeshan Hamod Scholarship in History. Studying history and Spanish, Olson’s honors thesis focuses on medieval European finance. She works two part-time jobs, is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and plans to study abroad in Spain. She is the daughter of Gary and Susan Olson and a 2007 graduate of Iowa City High School.

Iowa City: Christopher Page, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Page also was named a 2010 Truman Scholar and 2010 Udall Scholar, national awards recognizing his work in and commitment to a career in public service and environmental issues, respectively. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Virgil M. Hancher Scholarship, which recognizes one UI junior for academic achievement and leadership. Page is majoring in political science and geography with a minor in Chinese. He is the son of Joseph Page and Carolyn Antone-Page and a 2007 graduate of Iowa City High School.

Iowa City: Michael Zhang, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Second-year Award. Carney is a journalism and social work major, and she is vice president of the Social Work Student Association. She is the daughter of Linda and Craig Carney and a 2005 graduate of Regina High School.

Iowa City: Ran (Catherine) Zhang, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Zhang, an integrative physiology major, volunteers at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Burn Unit and the UI Mobile Clinic. She is also active with University’s 24/7 campus ministry. She is the daughter of Xingwang Zhang and Fang Zhu and a 2007 graduate of West High School.

Keokuk: Jamie Cecil, a May 2010 graduate in chemical engineering, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Cecil was a teaching assistant in engineering and the president of the UI chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon. He now works with General Mills in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He is the son of Gary and Pam Cecil and a 2005 graduate of Keokuk High School.

Lake City: Lee Henely, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award. An economics major with minors in Chinese and political science, Henely served as a Freshman Senator in student government, volunteered with Dance Marathon and assists with the UI Political Science Department’s Hawkeye Poll. He is the son of Perry and Jane Henely and a 2009 graduate of Southern Cal High School.

Lisbon: Laura Budde, a senior in nursing, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Through the Young Scientist Program, Budde researches the metabolic consequences of sleep deprivation and genetic literacy, and she is a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) mentor and ambassador. She is the daughter of Richard and Denise Budde and a 2006 graduate of Lisbon High School.

Marion: Miriam Ard, a May 2010 graduate in English, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Ard mentors third graders at Kenwood Elementary School in Cedar Rapids and also enjoys volunteering at her church. She is the daughter of David and Ruth Ard and a 2003 graduate of Linn-Mar High School.

Marion: Kristina McLaughlin, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Majoring in political science and economics and earning certificates in international business and sustainability, McLaughlin works with the Iowa Policy Research Organization, interns with the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities, and serves on the Honors Advisory Committee. She is the daughter of Marty and Lisa McLaughlin and a 2007 graduate of George Washington High School.

Marion: John Rigby, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Rigby is majoring in English and African American Studies. He is an Honors Peer Advisor, on the Dean's Student Advisory Committee, and was elected as UI Student Government President for 2010-11. He is the son of Dennis and Jane Rigby and a 2007 graduate of Linn-Mar High School.

Mason City: Rajiv Verma, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Verma is an integrative physiology major who volunteers with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Child Psychiatry Unit, tutors and is vice president of the Indian Student Alliance. He is the son of Rajinder and Asha Verma and a 2007 graduate of Mason City High School.

Muscatine: Cody Connor, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. A psychology major and chemistry minor, Connor is a volunteer in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics emergency room and a research assistant in psychology. He is the son of Robert Connor and Jacqui Thomas and a 2007 graduate of Muscatine High School.

Nevada: Myra Laird, a May 2010 graduate in anthropology and geosciences, received the Collegiate Scholar Award and was recognized as the recipient of the 2010 Sanxay Prize, awarded by the UI Graduate College. Laird worked in the paleontology repository and led tours at the Devonian fossil gorge; this fall she starts the doctorate program in evolutionary anthropology at New York University. She is the daughter of David and Diana Laird and a 2006 graduate of Nevada High School.

Norwalk: Victoria Roeder, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award. Roeder, a biomedical engineering major, is an Old Gold Scholar and member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, a floor representative in the Honors House government and a volunteer at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. She is the daughter of Lisa and Todd Grove and Joe Roeder and a 2009 graduate of Norwalk Community High School.

Oelwein: Gregory Pelc, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Pelc is an integrative physiology major, and he is a resident assistant, coordinates volunteers for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Volunteer Program and serves on the Student Health Advisory Committee. He is the son of Dan and Anne Pelc and a 2007 graduate of Oelwein High School.

Palo: Courtney Wilcox, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. With interests in food security and global hunger, Wilcox is majoring in political science and international studies. She is the daughter of Kandice and Christopher Wilcox and a 2007 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School.

Sperry: Elizabeth Weyer, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Weyer is majoring in political science with an emphasis in law and politics. She is an Honors Writing Fellow and a member of the Iowa Policy Research Organization (IPRO). She is the daughter of John and Marian Weyer and a 2007 graduate of Mediapolis Community High School.

Spirit Lake: Joseph Nellis, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Second-year Award. Nellis, a biology major, conducts research in the biology Department, races on the University of Iowa Cycling Team and is involved with Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He is the son of Robert and Donna Nellis and a 2008 graduate of Spirit Lake High School.

Urbandale: Alexandra Keenan, a May 2010 graduate in chemical engineering, biochemistry and international studies, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Keenan also was selected to USA Today’s 2010 All-USA College Academic First Team, recognizing outstanding work in academics and leadership. While in college, she directed her efforts toward conducting research relevant to the needs of underserved populations. She is the daughter of Jan Barrett and David Keenan and a 2005 graduate of Johnston High School.

Urbandale: Allyson Mayer, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award. Majoring in biochemistry and integrative physiology, Mayer has also participated in University Band, the All-University String Orchestra, Campus Conversation Partners and the Theta Tau professional fraternity. Mayer is the daughter of Kent and Becky Mayer and a 2009 graduate of Johnston High School.

Washington: Jason Arduser, a May 2010 graduate in elementary education, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. With endorsements in reading and English language learning, Arduser was an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Research Fellow for two years and has presented his research at national conferences. He is the son of Wendell Arduser and Jeanne Williams-Boardman and a 1991 graduate of Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California.

Waterloo: Vanessa East, a May 2010 graduate in international studies and Japanese, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. East conducted research abroad in Nagoya, Japan, she worked with the Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity Program and was an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) research fellow. She is the daughter of Jody Hartz and Edgar East and a 2006 graduate of Waterloo West High School.

Waterloo: Bryn Sumner, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Sumner majors in studio art with a focus in printmaking and music with a focus in cello performance. She is a member of the Honors Student Staff and performs and writes music for her musical group, Replacing the Robots. She is the daughter of Carolyn Hildebrandt and Thos Sumner and a 2006 graduate of Waterloo West High School.

West Des Moines: Lauren Dana, a May 2010 graduate in international studies and Spanish, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Dana served on the Presidential Charter Committee on Human Rights, conducted research on languages and nationalism and was the marketing director for RiverFest and an intern at the UI Center for Human Rights. She is a 2006 graduate of Valley High School.

West Des Moines: Rachael Nathanson, a May 2010 graduate in geography and economics, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Nathanson has held leadership positions with the UI Environmental Coalition, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and UI Student Government. This fall she will start law school at Iowa to pursue environmental and international law. She is the daughter of Robert and Barbara Nathanson and a 2006 graduate of Valley High School.

West Des Moines: Peige Zhou, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. A biomedical engineering and music major, Zhou is an engineering tutor, a lab assistant in Dr. Wu's Drosophila lab, serves in the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and is an executive board member of Associated Iowa Honors Students. She is the daughter of Ling Zhou and Xia Chen and a 2008 graduate of Valley High School.

Williamsburg: Rose Schmidt, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. A music education and trumpet performance student, Schmidt is a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band and Iowa Pep Band and serves as the assistant director of the Voices of Experience Choir. She is the daughter of Randy and Becky Schmidt and a 2007 graduate of Williamsburg High School.

Julia Zalenski, a May 2010 graduate in international studies, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Focusing on human rights, Zalenski earned minors in French and religious studies. She was the representative for UI Amnesty International, a UI Center for Human Rights intern and an Honors Writing Fellow. She is the daughter of Anne and John Zalenski and a 2007 graduate of Williamsburg High School.

ARIZONA

Chandler: Kris Miguel Cajipe, a May 2010 graduate in biomedical engineering, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Cajipe was a resident assistant in the dorms, a teaching assistant for the College of Engineering and served as an intern with Cook Medical in Bloomington, Ind. He is the son of Oscar Cajipe and Imelda Cajipe and a 2005 graduate of the International School Manila in the Philippines.

COLORADO

Denver: Stephanie Muller, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award. Muller, majoring in theatre arts and history with a focus on medieval Europe and East Asia, has participated in theatre productions, serves as assistant dramaturg in the New Play Festival and volunteers at the Museum of Nature and Science. She is the daughter of Judy Heller and Mark Muller and a 2009 graduate of Littleton High School.

ILLINOIS

Aurora: Eduardo-Antonio Navarro, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Navarro, a finance and economics major, is the fundraising chair and brother-at-large for the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, as well as is a student ambassador for the UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment. He is the son of Eduardo and Rosie Navarro and a 2007 graduate of Marmion Academy.

Aurora: Julia Campbell, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Campbell, an art education and sculpture major, is pursuing her talented and gifted endorsement. She volunteers with the UI sculpture department and works with Iowa Public Radio, KSUI. She is the daughter of Patricia Campbell and a 2007 graduate of Lincoln Park High School.

Elk Grove: Michael Raczka, a May 2010 graduate in accounting and finance, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Raczka served as vice president of communications for Beta Alpha Psi, helped lower-income residents with their taxes through the VITA program and was a head tutor in the Business Writing Center. He is the son of Joseph and Diane Raczka and a 2006 graduate of Elk Grove High School.

Libertyville: Kali Feiereisel, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. An international studies major with two focus areas: global health and global resources and the environment, Feiereisel is also completing certificates in public health and sustainability with a minor in anthropology. She is also a member of the varsity soccer team. She is the daughter of Mark and Lise Feiereisel and a 2007 graduate of Libertyville High School.

Lombard: Laura Nass, a May 2010 graduate in economics, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Having also earned an international business certificate, Nass was president of the Tippie College of Business Senate and interned with miraclefeet, a nonprofit that delivers the Ponseti Method to children with clubfoot in developing countries. She is the daughter of Dave and Gay Nass and a 2006 graduate of Glenbard East High School.

Manhattan: Brianna Knoll, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award. A biomedical engineering student, Knoll is active in the Honors living-learning community, is a volunteer at Hope Lodge and works as a research website editor at the University Law Library. She is the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Knoll and a 2009 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School.

Mt. Zion: Ashley Kappenman, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award and the Dewey B. Stuit First-year Award. Kappenman, a pre-pharmacy major, is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Phi Eta Sigma honor society. She is active in the Women in Science and Engineering mentoring and volunteering program. She is the daughter of Kris and Ann Kappenman and a 2009 graduate of Mt. Zion High School.

Mundelein: Sara Weitzel, a May 2010 graduate in marketing and Spanish, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Weitzel, who also earned an international business certificate, studied abroad in Costa Rica, interned in Spain and served as the Global Internship Programs’ student ambassador. She is the daughter of Richard and Rose Weitzel and a 2006 graduate of Mundelein Consolidated High School.

Normal: Anthony Melchiorri, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. A biomedical engineering and English major, Melchiorri is also earning a technological entrepreneurship certificate. He interns with a bioinformatics software company and has served as president, recruitment chair and scholarship chairman for his fraternity. He is the son of John and Kelly Melchiorri and a 2007 graduate of University High School.

Palatine: Courtney Tuegel, a May 2010 graduate, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Graduating in three years, Tuegel earned a biology major and art history minor. She was a Women in Science and Engineering mentor, presidential mentor, an usher for Hancher Auditorium and she served on the leadership team for Dance Marathon. She is the daughter of David and Diane Tuegel is a 2007 graduate of William Fremd High School.

St. Charles: Jaime Pfeiffer, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Second-year Award. A nursing major, she is involved with volunteering at UI Hospitals and Clinics as a resident assistant and is in the university triathlon club. She is the daughter of George and Michelle Pfeiffer and is a 2008 graduate of St. Charles North High School.

Vernon Hills: Kristen Meylor, who graduates in July 2010 with French and Spanish majors, received the Collegiate Scholar Award and was also recognized as the recipient of the Graduate College’s Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize. Meylor was founder and president of The Language Connection at Iowa and has studied abroad in France, Chile, and Martinique. She is the daughter of Pam and Joe Meylor and a 2006 graduate of Vernon Hills High School.

MINNESOTA

Plymouth: Samantha Bosch, a May 2010 graduate in English and communication studies, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Bosch was a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Committee, the Mortar Board National College Senior Honors Society and the All-University String Orchestra. She is the daughter of Donald and Kathryn Bosch and a 2006 graduate of Armstrong High School.

Saint Paul: Suzanne Carter, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Second-year Award. Majoring in math and physics, Carter is an Honors Peer Advisor, serves on the Honors Advisory Committee and the Associate Provost’s Student Advisory Board, and is vice president of the Math Club. She is the daughter of James and Carol Carter and a 2008 graduate of White Bear Lake Area High School.

Woodbury: Nicholas Loudas, a May 2010 graduate in biochemistry, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Loudas was involved in biochemistry research, was an active member of the professional chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma and worked as a DJ at KRUI. He is the son of Paul and Wendy Loudas and a 2006 graduate of Woodbury High School.

PENNSYLVANIA

Reading: Colleen Patton, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Second-year Award. Patton is a linguistics and French and Arabic major, and an active member of the Education is a Basic Human Right Foundation, the Iowa United Nations Association, Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity and the Arabic Film Club. She is the daughter of Steve Patton and Kathleen Patton and a 2008 graduate of Governor Mifflin High School.

SOUTH DAKOTA:

Sioux Falls: Renugan Raidoo, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Raidoo was also named a 2010 national Goldwater Scholar for his pursuit of a research career in science. Majoring in chemistry and anthropology, he researches in the chemistry department, studies classical music and is active in the UI Global Health Club. He is the son of Bharathi Mahendri and Deshandra Munsamy Raidoo and is a 2007 graduate of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School.

WISCONSIN

Eau Claire: Maria Drout, a May 2010 graduate in physics and astronomy, was recognized for winning a 2010 Churchill Scholarship, an international scholarship awarded to 14 students for one year of postgraduate study in the sciences at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She is the daughter of Robin and Becky Drout and a 2006 graduate of Regis High School.

CHINA

Jiaxing, Zhejiang: Zihan Zhu, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award. A biomedical engineering major, Zhu works as a lab assistant in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and is a member of the All-University String Orchestra and Society of Women Engineers. She is the daughter of Jun Zhu and Linping Du and a graduate of the Hangzhou Foreign Languages School.

Suzhou, Jiangsu: Minyuan (Miller) Li, a May 2010 graduate in chemistry and mathematics, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Li was the president of the UI Math Club, the logistics chair of the 10,000 Hours Show and a volunteer at the Iowa Children's Museum. This fall he will be at MIT pursuing a doctorate in chemistry. He is the son of Jianjun Li and Jingzhen Yang and is a 2006 graduate of Iowa City West High School.

Shanghai: Pengyu Chen, a May 2010 graduate in political science, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. With research interests in comparative politics and politics of China, Chen was a research intern with Aitken-Berlin in Washington, D.C., and was active in the UI chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. He is the son of Xianliang Chen and Xiaoying Deng and a 2006 graduate of Yan'an High School.

INDIA

New Delhi: Karthik Ramachandran, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Second-year Award. Ramachandran is a chemical engineering major with minors in chemistry and mathematics. He works at a human genetics lab and is the vice president of OASIS, the Organization for the Active Support of International Students. He is the son of Gowri Ramachandran and C.S. Ramachandran and a 2008 graduate of Delhi Public School.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrea Beloy, UI Honors Program, 319-335-1874, andrea-beloy@uiowa.edu; Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu