The University of Iowa

2014 Boren, DAAD, and Critical Language Scholarship winners

May 16th, 2014
rebekah frumkin

Rebekah Frumkin
maria sumner

Maria Sumner
patrick taffe

Patrick Taffe
jeffrey ding

Jeffrey Ding

Several UI students have received funding to study or conduct research abroad in 2014. In addition to the Fulbright U.S. Student Award winners, UI students have received Critical Language Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and a DAAD Study Scholarship. See below for this year’s winners.

Critical Language Scholarships

Rebekah Frumkin, an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing in the Iowa Writers' Workshop from Libertyville, Illinois, received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Hindi in Jaipur, India.

Maria Sumner, an M.A. candidate in linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) from Washington, Missouri, received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia.

Patrick Taffe, a freshman Russian and international relations major in CLAS from Mediapolis, Iowa, received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Russian in Ufa, Russia.

Jeffrey Ding, from Iowa City, Iowa, has been selected as an alternate for the Critical Language Scholarship for Chinese. He is a sophomore economics major in the Tippie College of Business and a political science and Chinese major in CLAS.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment activities overseas each summer for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students will spend 7-10 weeks abroad.

Chris Anderson

Christopher Anderson
Sara Gardner

Sara Gardner

Boren Fellowships

Christopher Anderson, a Ph.D. candidate in political science in CLAS from Marion, Iowa, received a Boren Fellowship to spend next year in Georgia. He will study Georgian and research topics about Georgian military.

Sara Gardner, a J.D. candidate in the College of Law from Central City, Iowa, has been selected as an alternate for the Boren Fellowship and, if chosen, will spend the year in Turkey studying advance Turkish and international business law.

Boren Fellowships provide graduate students with the resources they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of 12 weeks and maximum of 24 months.

Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell

DAAD Study Scholarship

Andrew Russell, a German and philosophy major in CLAS from Davenport, Iowa, received a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to Germany for the 2014-15 academic year, where he will participate in the Academic Year in Freiburg exchange program.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. The DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship provides college sophomores and juniors the opportunity to study at German universities for a period of four to 10 months during the academic year.