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Carver College of Medicine student awarded Fulbright grant for work abroad

Ryken, Katherine

Katherine Ryken, an MD candidate in the Carver College of Medicine has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant to undertake an individually designed study project abroad in 2014-2015.

With her Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Ryken will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina to study and assist patients with traumatic wartime injuries at the University of Sarajevo Clinical Center Department of Orthopedics. She will also work with the Bosnia-Herzegovina Medical Student Association to provide free medical care to rural villages surrounding Sarajevo, as well as volunteer with the two local NGOs to provide free gynecological exams and screenings for victims of wartime violence.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase understanding between people of the United States and other countries by providing participants opportunities to study, teach, conduct research, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase understanding between people of the United States and other countries by providing participants opportunities to study, teach, conduct research, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit the Fulbright Program website.

Karen Wachsmuth, UI International Programs' academic programs and student services administrator, supports and assists all UI students and alumni who are seeking Fulbright grants. Undergraduates, graduate and professional students, and alumni wishing to apply for a Fulbright award should contact Wachsmuth at karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu.

Media Contact: Karen Wachsmuth, International Programs, (319) 335-1436, karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu