Athens, Ga. – A graduate student in the department of anthropology at the University of Georgia has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.
Laura Tilghman will receive a $90,000 stipend over three years, as well as a cost-of-education allowance. This fellowship is given annually to graduate students in science and engineering who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions and innovations in research and teaching.
Based on a nationally competitive application process, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship was awarded to 913 students pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics this year. Tilghman’s fellowship is one of only 16 granted in the field of cultural anthropology.
The NSF award will permit Tilghman to continue her studies and pursue research in the central highlands of Madagascar. She will examine conservation issues.
Tilghman, a 26-year-old native of Newbury, Vt., is completing her Ph.D. in anthropology.