2013 International Education Week contest winners

Photo, Video, and Essay Contest Winners 2013

These contests were held in conjunction with the UI's celebration of International Education Week.

Visit the study abroad and international student albums on Facebook to see all photo contest entries or check out our Flickr sets for study abroad and international student photos.


Study Abroad Photo Contest 2013

Grand Prize: "Building Peace Through Dance"

By Julia Julstrom-Agoyo, a UI junior from Chicago, Illinois, majoring in international studies
Location: Mayenge, Bugesera, Rwanda
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“We visited a Millennium Development Village in the Mayenge sector in the district of Bugesera. We were welcomed with a traditional dance in a village where survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide live peacefully together. These dancers are the children of those survivors and perpetrators. Through testimonies we heard from both sides, we learned how dialogue and forgiveness has been crucial to the reconstruction and peace-building process.”

1st prize, Student Experiences category: "Trying Not To Get Eaten"

By: Jeff Nielsen, a UI junior from West Des Moines, Iowa, majoring in finance and entrepreneurial management
Location: Oslob, Cebu, Philippines
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“A group of friends and I went snorkeling off the coast of Cebu in the Philippines. We swam around and interacted with whale sharks, the largest living non-mammals in the world. Some of the whale sharks we were swimming with were around 30 feet long! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience!”

1st prize, Exploring Local Cultures and Traditions category: "Bro, do you even Jackfruit?"

By: Daniel Alder, a UI senior from Iowa City, Iowa, majoring in environmental science and biology
Location: Saturday morning market, Suva, Fiji
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“A woman is preparing jackfruit to sell at the market.”


International Student Photo Contest 2013

Grand Prize: "Backstage"

By: Cassidy McFadzean, a UI graduate student from Regina, Canada, in the creative writing program
Location: Iowa State Fair
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“Backstage view at the Iowa State Fair”

1st prize, Show Us Your Hawkeye Spirit category: "Football game"

By Yufei Chen, a UI sophomore from China majoring in biology
Location: Iowa City
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“Football game in Iowa City! Iowa vs. Missouri”

1st prize, Exploring Local Cultures and Traditions category: "Homecoming Parade"

By Chenzhe Zhu, UI junior from Hangzhou, China, majoring in cinema and French
Location: Iowa City
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“The alumni marching band in the Homecoming Parade 2013”


2013 Study Abroad Video Contest

Grand Prize: "The Road to Peace in Rwanda"

By: Julia Julstrom-Agoyo, a UI junior from Chicago, Illinois, majoring in international studies
Study abroad program: SIT Rwanda, Fall 2013


2013 International Student Essay Contest: Coming to America

First place: The Distance from China to America by Jiangqi Guo, UI freshman majoring in international relations from Baoding, Hebei Province, China

Second place: University of Iowa - A Home Away From Home by Sanjay Mittal, UI graduate student in the MBA program for investment management from Dhuri, India

Third place: Coming to American for dream by Yufei Chen, UI sophomore biology major from China