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Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2008

Anthropology student earns $34,000 Beinecke award

May 12, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Paula Dias, an Indiana University Bloomington junior, has been selected as a 2008 Beinecke Scholar.

Paula Dias

IU Bloomington junior Paula Dias

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Dias, of Bloomington, Ind., is one of only 22 students nationwide to receive the $34,000 award, which supports graduate study in the arts, humanities or social sciences. She is the fifth IU student to receive the award.

An anthropology major, Dias is currently studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. She was born and grew up in Brazil, South America. Her research interests include women, contraception and urbanization in the Brazilian Amazon.

Dias has worked at the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT) since her junior year of high school. She spent two months in the Amazon conducting fieldwork and has spent the last two years analyzing the data from her research there.

Dias hopes to continue studying the Brazilian Amazon and to earn her doctorate degree.

"This award means that people believe in my potential as a researcher, and that my ideas can develop into interesting issues in my field of study," Dias said. "This award is a great way to give support and encouragement to undergrads with graduate study aspirations."

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The three brothers shared a strong belief that businesses should support educational institutions. The endowment was created to assist students who display strong motivation and exceptional potential. Since 1975, the program has selected more than 410 college juniors from 97 different schools.

For more information, please contact Edward Gubar at 812-855-2827 or