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Karpanty wins NSF Fellowship


OXFORD, Ohio -- Graduating Miami University senior Sarah Karpanty is to receive a $15,000 graduate research award from the National Science Foundation.

In addition to the stipend, the three-year renewable NSF award will provide up to $9,500 annually toward Karpanty's graduate school tuition.

Karpanty, a zoology major from Toledo, has led field trips and been a teaching assistant for David Osborne, a zoology professor, for four years and has been involved in undergraduate research.

"She's a fabulous person and she's done terrific work. Everyone here is pleased that she earned this fellowship," said Osborne.

From August-December 1997, she studied hawk predation of lemurs in southern Madagascar after successfully writing grants to fund her research.

Two summers ago, Karpanty, who began birding five years ago, studied nest predation of songbirds in marsh systems of Lake Erie for an honors thesis.

Karpanty will attend graduate school at State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying ecology and evolutionary biology.

The NSF received 4,851 applications for its graduate fellowships and awarded 766, or about 16 percent of them. Fellowships were awarded in fields ranging from engineering and computer science to psychology and economics.


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