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Out of Africa

Rebecca Arnold was enjoying her life in Chicago with a budding career in the publishing industry when she felt an itch. Her city life was exciting, but her career was missing something. “It wasn’t lighting any fires,” she says. “I was at a point in my life when I wanted to add value to the world.” Not long after, Arnold was feeling a different kind of itch as a Peace Corps volunteer maneuvering through the Spiny Desert, a region in Madagascar famous for its thorny, elaborate plants that she describes as reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss book.

UI Rep: Interest in Peace Corps Increasing

Interest in the Peace Corps is increasing at University of Iowa, the university’s Peace Corps representative said. “It is definitely increasing. With the Peace Corps itself, participation is increasing,” Mahy Gall said. “I think there is a renewed interest in the U.S. in community service.”

UI Student Wins Study Abroad Award

By Brian Morelli, The Iowa City Press-Citizen A semester studying abroad turned into much more for a University of Iowa student who received a 2010 award recognizing academic accomplishments while studying overseas.

Lauren Sieben, 21, a UI senior from Naperville, Ill., traveled to...


UI Senior One of 32 Nationwide Named Rhodes Scholar

Renugan Raidoo, 20, a University of Iowa senior known as both a budding scientist and an altruistic activist, was among 32 people announced Sunday as 2011 Rhodes Scholars. The last time a UI student received this distinction was in 1993. Raidoo, of Sioux Falls, S.D., who emigrated with his family from South Africa, is majoring in chemistry and anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is a Presidential Scholar at Iowa and a Goldwater Scholar and has presented research in Germany, California and Iowa. He has also worked as a staff member at the UI Honors Program for several years.

UI Senior Named Rhodes Scholar

A senior at the University of Iowa has been named a Rhodes Scholar and will study at the University of Oxford in England next year. Renugan Raidoo, 20, a senior in chemistry and anthropology from Sioux Falls, S.D., was selected as one of 32 American college students for the award by the Rhodes Trust. A Rhodes Scholarship, which provides all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford as well as a stipend for living expenses and transportation to and from England, is arguably the “most famous academic award available to American college graduates,” according to a news release.

Spotlight Iowa City: UI law student interned at World Bank

The hardest thing Rachel Nathanson had to do during her internship last summer was not do hands-on work. Sitting in the World Bank building, interning with the World Bank Inspection Panel, Nathanson did some desk research with internal bank documents, but the “doer” felt conflicted and stifled. A first-year law student, she said, she prefers to be “out in the field.” Nathanson went to Washington, D.C., on a Harry S. Truman scholarship — 60 such scholarships are available nationwide — over this past summer after completing undergraduate degrees in economics and geography at the University of Iowa. She also earned a minor in Spanish.

UI engineering seniors will help build bridge in Nicaragua

Last year, the small Zambian village of Libuyu needed a bridge in order to access the only school in the area without having to walk several miles around a dangerous river. But they didn’t have the resources. And when a group of students from the University of Washington backed out at the last minute, five engineering students from the University of Iowa stepped in. This Thanksgiving, the same five students are going to Nicaragua to help another village.

India Winterim is back for its 5th year

So far, 76 UI students have signed up to save a forest, dance the Bharta Natyam, and design lesson plans — among other unique activities during their winter breaks. The Indian Winterim program, entering its fifth year, is adding these three programs — sustainability, dance, and education, to the 11 others offered during a three-week educational trip to India.
Lauren and her dad

UI Student Receives Student Recognition Award from Study Abroad Experience

Lauren Sieben was one of the hundreds of University of Iowa undergraduates that traveled abroad in spring 2010 but one of the few that came back with more than just souvenirs and memories — She was nominated for an award by one of her instructors in Spain for her outstanding performance in a semester-long project, and recently Sieben found out she was one of two students who received the award from a large pool of nominees.