John Fordyce of Aurelia is one of five University of Northern Iowa students who departed for Moscow earlier this month to participate in a bi-lateral seminar with Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics (PRAE). They were accompanied by two UNI faculty members.
Students from PRAE were selected to write a research paper on a particular economic topic and presented their work during a two-week visit to UNI in March.
In turn, UNI selected five students from its Directed Research class to present their papers on an economic topic in Moscow in May.
"The program has given our students the opportunity to do something they would probably never do," said Ken McCormick, UNI economics professor. "We also look at the program as a way to reward our best students, so the selection process is competitive."
Fordyce graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics and philosophy this spring at UNI.
The other students included Amy Clemen of Dyersville, Emily Cormaney, from Lincoln, Stacy McMullen from Atwood, Ill., and Sam Meier from Sigourney.