Esther Carpenter Award for Excellence in Research

This award is presented to a senior female major who has demonstrated excellence in research. The student will receive a certificate, a monetary gift, and have their name engraved permanently on a plaque displayed in the Botany/Microbiology Awards case.

Past Recipients

2023 Josie Fornar
2023 McKenna Roush
2022 Sierra Spears
2021 Holly Keating
2020 Claudia Kelly
2019 Delanie Baker and Marielle Buss
2018 Meka George, Sarah Bergman, and Elizabeth Urbanski
2017 [No award given]
2016 Madeline Vroom
2015 Karli Sturgill and Jazmine Quinn
2014 Elizabeth A. Herder
2013 Chelsea R. Dennis
2012 Bhavna B. Murali
2011 Chloe F. Hamrick
2010 Kelly L. Haines
2009 Megan Evans and Jenna E. Sroka
2008 Rachel Fleming
2007 Dana M. Reznik
2006 Kiley E. Dare and Jamie L. Harden
2005 Abigail M. Polter and Amanda L. Wibley
2004 Alyssa B. Hanna and Jennifer M. Phillips

Esther Carpenter

Dr. Esther Carpenter graduated in 1925 from Ohio Wesleyan University where she majored in Zoology. She earned a Ph.D. in Embryology from Yale University in 1932. Her dissertation research on the development of ectodermal head structures in Ambystoma, as determined by vital staining and transplantation, was at the cutting edge of experimental embryology at that time. In 1933 Dr. Carpenter began a long career in the Zoology department at Smith College in Northampton, MA, teaching courses including General Zoology, Histology and Cytology until she retired in 1968. Her research resulted in numerous publications and was conducted with the assistance of occasional grants from the Massachusetts and American Cancer Societies and the National Institutes of Health. Ohio Wesleyan recognized Dr. Carpenter’s contributions by awarding her an honorary D.Sc. in 1956. Throughout her career, she sought out stimulating scientific opportunities. For several summers she did research at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA. She was a research assistant in the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Later, she held a research fellowship for a year at The Ohio State University. Dr. Carpenter died in 2001 at the age of 98. The Esther Carpenter Award was established as the result of a bequest by Dr. Carpenter to Ohio Wesleyan University.

Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015

P 740-368-3907
F 740-368-3999

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Department Contacts

Chair: Amy Downing
Professor of Biological Sciences
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 325
740-368-3890 |

Academic Assistant: Joshua Seiders
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201
740-368-3907 |