Lekies receives Fulbright Scholarship

Lekies receives Fulbright Scholarship

Kristi Lekies, a Ph.D. candidate at Iowa State University, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study at the Institute for Applied Research on Childhood, Youth and the Family, at the University of Potsdam in Germany from August '95-July '96, the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board and the United States Information Agency (USIA) announced recently.

Lekies earned her bachelor of science degree at UW-Madison, and her M.S. degree in home economics in 1993 at UW-Stout. While at UW-Stout, she received the UW-Stout Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship. She came to Iowa State University in 1993 to study family resource management, rural families and rural adolescents.

With an interest in rural youth in small communities, Lekies will be researching community resources and influences on the transition from adolescence to young adulthood while she is in Germany.

"I'm also interested in talking with experts in human development and life span studies, and accessing inter-national research," Lekies said.

Upon her return to Iowa State, Lekies plans to complete her degree program and then will pursue a career in teaching and research with an international component.

Lekies is one of approximately 2,000 U.S. grantees who will travel abroad for the 1995-96 academic year under the Fulbright Program. Established in 1946 under Congressional legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program is designed "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

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