Who we are:
As a discipline, Anthropology attempts to understand the human past, present, and future using tools and techniques from the sub-fields of sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology. Collectively, we study human diversity across time and space. We aim to educate students to address real-world problems through a combination of classroom learning, seminars, and hands-on field and laboratory research opportunities. This can include, for example, examining fossil casts or modern human bones, studying at the zoo or in villages in developing countries, and digging for artifacts in the field or just facts in the library.
Our faculty pursues research in DNA analysis, GIS, disease diagnostics and other biomarkers, ecological anthropology, forensic anthropology, fossil excavation, modern Mayan cultures, Global and One Health, and both historic and prehistoric archaeology. Research sites include Central and Latin America, the Caribbean, West, East, and South Africa, near Eastern Mediterranean, and Texas. All of these projects offer excellent opportunities for students to participate in primary research working alongside their professors.
Why we need your support:
Our department is very active in undergraduate research, both domestically and internationally. Support is sought to specifically facilitate undergraduate research activities, from independent studies to honors theses and study abroad.
How your gift will help:
All funds raised will be allocated to student scholarships to offset the costs of research and study abroad. Approximately 30% of our undergraduate students in 2017-2018 participated in research projects, resulting in many professional presentations and publications. These opportunities make our students very competitive for placement in graduate programs, including medical school.
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