The University of Iowa

Five UI alumni receive Fulbright fellowships for 2009-10

July 31st, 2009

Five University of Iowa alumni will travel across the globe to conduct research or teach English as Fulbright fellows in 2009-10.

The United States Fulbright Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, awards outstanding students and alumni comprehensive scholarships to conduct international research and teaching fellowships to foster cultural exchange between the United States and other nations. This year’s recipients will travel to Mexico, Portugal, South Korea and Italy. Recipients are selected for awards based on academic achievement and leadership potential in their fields.

UI President Sally Mason commended the UI alumni for their accomplishments and the vital roles they are filling in building diplomacy and strengthening international educational exchange.

“I am very proud that these outstanding alumni have received Fulbright fellowships,” Mason said. “This is a huge honor for these individuals and for our institution. The Fulbright fellowships are very important to our university’s role in international education and cultural exchange. I am grateful for our recipients’ dedication to strengthening bonds with those across the globe, and I appreciate their role as UI ambassadors to the entire world.”

The UI International Programs Grants Office and the UI Honors Program both provide assistance to UI students wishing to pursue Fulbright fellowships.

Please click here for more information about the Fulbright Grants for graduate students and professionals.

Go here for a collection of all Fulbright Program Youtube videos for a quick glimpse into the opportunities this program offers.

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing Fulbright fellowships should contact Andrea Beloy, UI Honors Program Scholarship director, at UI graduate or professional students should contact Kristi Fitzpatrick, UI International Programs Grants Office, at 319-335-2823.

Following are this year’s recipients listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns first.


FARRAGUT: Andrew Carey earned his Bachelor of Arts in 2009 in English and Spanish in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). He will teach English in Mexico on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. He will also conduct cultural workshops in the community to provide an open environment for people from the community to come and practice their English language skills and learn about American culture.

MARION: Sarah Lowen earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2009 in Japanese and linguistics in the UI CLAS. She will teach English in South Korea on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. She will also live with a Korean host family to improve her Korean language skills.


BERKELEY: Diana Thow earned her Master of Fine Arts in comparative literature in 2009 in the UI Graduate College and is a post-graduate writing fellow at the UI. She will travel to Italy to examine the poet Amelia Rosselli’s multilingual papers, letters, documents, unpublished English poems and personal library housed in her archives at the Centro Manoscritti in Pavia and the Fondo Amelia Rosselli in Viterbo. She will also spend time aiding the organization of the archives at Viterbo and coordinating a colloquium of scholars and writers on the poetry of Rosselli.


ELGIN: Geoffrey Hilsabeck earned his Master of Fine Arts in poetry writing in 2009 in the UI Graduate College. He will teach English in Portugal on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. He will also research contemporary Portuguese poetry.


MAPLE GROVE: Peter Pellegrino earned his Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering in 2009 in the UI College of Engineering. He will travel to Italy to assist Sergio Martinoia, a professor at the University of Genoa, with translation of his in-vitro neuroengineering research to more clinically relevant models. Pellegrino will also enroll in the institution’s world-class neuroengineering curriculum.