Major Projects Award Recipients

The International Programs’ Major Projects Award promotes important contributions to scholarly debates and exchanges on international topics, issues, discoveries, and arts. The Major Projects Award encourages activities or endeavors on a broad scale to enhance international knowledge and understanding for University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students. These may take the form of collaborations, symposia, conferences, lecture series, artistic exhibitions, and performance events. Each project is awarded $12,500 and supported through the generosity of the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. See below for a list of recent winning projects.

Past Winners


Collaboration Between China and United States on Special Education Research and Services for Students with Disabilities

  • Youjia Hua, associate professor, education


Who Will Build the 21st Century? – Addressing Critical Demographic Gaps in the Geosciences and Our Ability to Research, Assess and Utilize Our Natural Resources

  • Bradley D. Cramer, assistant professor, geoscience

Reciprocal exchange of training and research on tropical parasitic disease between the University of Iowa and two federal universities in Northeast Brazil

  • Mary E. Wilson, M.D., professor, internal medicine and microbiology


Iowa City Carnaval Project

  • Loyce Arthur, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts

The Latino Midwest

  • Claire Fox, Associate Professor, English
  • Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Assistant Professor, History


Comics, Creativity, and Culture: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Corey K. Creekmur, Associate Professor English/Cinema & Comparative Literature
  • Ana Merino, Associate Professor Spanish & Portuguese
  • Rachel Williams, Associate Professor Art Education/Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies

Diasporas and Development

  • Mark Sidel, Professor, Law
  • Meena Khandelwal, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Future of Multi-Party Democracy in East Africa

  • James Giblin, Professor, History