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U. of I. student wins Beinecke Scholarship to be used for graduate study

5/7/2009 | Sharita Forrest, News Editor | 217-244-1072;

[ Email | Share ] CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Aimée Carbaugh, of Urbana, a junior at the University of Illinois, is among 21 students nationwide to receive a Beinecke Scholarship. The award, valued at $34,000, is to be used toward graduate study in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

Illinois is one of about 100 colleges and universities invited annually to nominate one junior for a Beinecke Scholarship based on superior intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, personal promise and financial need. It has been more than a decade since an Illinois student has been awarded a Beinecke scholarship.

Carbaugh, who majors in anthropology and is a James Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, plans to pursue a doctorate in paleoanthropology, the study of human evolution, and bioarcheology, the study of human remains. After graduation, Carbaugh hopes to work in a museum.

While taking advanced-level classes, Carbaugh has earned a 3.9 grade-point average. In 2007, she participated in an archaeological summer field school under anthropology professor Timothy Pauketat excavating remnants of early Mississippian culture.

Carbaugh, who works as a lab technician cleaning and curating artifacts for the Public Service Archeology and Architecture Program, also has been a research assistant to anthropology professor Stanley Ambrose for the past year conducting isotopic analyses of goat teeth to learn about species’ seasonal diets, births and herding patterns.

Carbaugh is the treasurer of the Undergraduate Association of Student Anthropologists. She also is an actress, and has appeared in plays, a local television program and the televised documentary, “Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency.”

The Beinecke Scholarship program is administered at Illinois by the campus’s Office of Prestigious Scholarships.

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