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June 8, 2005
Contact: Hodgie Bricke, Office of International Programs, (785) 864-6161.

7 KU students win Fulbright grants for study abroad during 2005-06


LAWRENCE -- Seven University of Kansas students have won prestigious Fulbright awards for study and research abroad for the 2005-06 academic year, according to KU's Office of International Programs.

The U.S. Student Fulbright Program awards approximately 1,000 grants annually and operates in 140 countries worldwide. For almost 60 years, this U.S. government-sponsored program has offered highly qualified students an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research and teach in other nations.

Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. A Fulbright grant provides funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance and tuition.

Since the program's inception in 1946, 388 KU students have received Fulbrights. KU's Office of International Programs coordinates applications for Fulbright and other graduate fellowships for study and research abroad.

KU's most recent Fulbright winners are:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Sarah Leanna Smiley, a doctoral student in geography, has received a Fulbright grant to spend the academic year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she will analyze the diversity of representations of the city in Tanzanian popular culture produced by IIP Media, a conglomerate that includes radio and television stations, as well as newspapers. To prepare for this research, Smiley studied Kiswahili for two years at KU and participated in a Kiswahili language immersion program in Tanzania last summer. Smiley has held a Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship since coming to KU in 2001. She completed a master's degree in geography at KU in summer 2003 and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Thomas D. Reid, a December 2004 graduate with majors in Latin American studies and environmental studies, is the son of David and Marge Reid. He has received a Fulbright grant for the European Union (EU). This special grant funds projects that focus on the new mechanisms for supranational governance emerging within the framework of the EU. Reid plans to research the policies and mechanisms for dealing with environmental problems within the EU. He will enroll in a multi-university master's program in contemporary European studies at the University of Bath, England. He will also study at universities in Siena, Italy, and Madrid, Spain. Reid explored environmental issues in the Western Hemisphere as a 2004 summer intern with the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. He is a Shawnee Mission Northwest High School graduate.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Ashleigh D. Klingman, a May 2005 graduate with bachelor's degrees in environmental policy and Spanish, is the daughter of Richard and Diane Klingman. She will spend her Fulbright year in the Galapágos Archipelago, Ecuador. Klingman will study at the Galapágos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences. She is researching the cultural beliefs and environmental values of the local fishermen and attempting to measure how these may threaten the "pristine" ecosystems of these islands. A Watkins-Berger scholar, Klingman has volunteered in environmental education projects such GROW for the Boys and Girls Club and ENVIRONS, KU's environmental organization. She is a Wichita High School East graduate.

Amanda Elisabeth Rogers, a May 2005 graduate with a bachelor's degree in art history, is the daughter of Michael and Elisabeth Rogers. She has a Fulbright grant to spend an academic year in Morocco, where she will explore the social function and blood symbolism of henna body painting in Moroccan society, focusing on gender relations. As a KU Undergraduate Research Award recipient in summer 2004, Rogers spent two weeks in Morocco conducting research for her honors thesis in art history. While there she arranged her affiliation for her Fulbright year with Mohammed V University in Rabat. Fluent in French, Rogers has also studied the Moroccan dialect of Arabic. She is a Wichita High School East graduate.

IOWA
From Sioux City
Angela Gray, doctoral student in geography, is the daughter of Cindy Gray. Angela Gray received a Fulbright grant to Zambia, where she will examine the long-term implications of sustained refugee hosting in the cities, towns and communities surrounding Ukwimi refugee camp in Eastern Province. Among other issues, Gray will investigate the strategies by which two groups of refugees, first from Mozambique and more recently from Angola, have integrated themselves into the host community. She began research on this project in Zambia in summer 2004, when she received a Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship (FLAS). She completed a master's degree in geography at KU in summer 2003. Her bachelor's degree is from Northwest Missouri State University.

MISSOURI
From Kansas City
Emily Kristen Stewart, a graduating senior in May 2005 with a bachelor's degree in violin performance, is the daughter of Jay and Marilyn Stewart. She has received a Fulbright/Swiss Government grant, pending a successful audition this summer for a place at the Geneva Conservatory. While at the conservatory, Stewart hopes to concentrate on those works for the violin by composers such as Johannes Brahams, Gabriel Fauré and Ernest Bloch. Her interest was influenced by their living and working in Switzerland. Stewart has played with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and the KU Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in summer music programs in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2002 and in Fryeberg, Maine, in 2003. She is a graduate of Notre Dame De Sion high school in Kansas City, Mo.

NEVADA
From Fallon
Michael Duane Johnson, doctoral student in Slavic languages and literatures, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Duane T. Johnson. He received a Fulbright grant for research in Russia. Johnson will research his dissertation on Stanislaw Przybyszewski, the Polish playwright, and the reception of the playwright's work in Russia from 1898 to 1914. He will utilize several archives in both Moscow and St. Petersburg for his research. An accomplished musician, Johnson has been the accompanist for several KU musical production and choral groups. His bachelor's degree is from the University of Utah, and his master's degree is from the University of Iowa.

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