The First Annual Department of Anthropology Convocation was celebrated on Sunday May 15, 2011, followed by a reception. Faculty and staff joined with family and friends of graduating seniors to witness their final procession and to hear remarks by Chair Dorothy Hodgson, Undergraduate Program Director David Hughes, and Acting Department Chair Lee Cronk. Graduating seniors were presented with certificates and special awards were announced: the Honors Symposium Awards for Outstanding Honors Research to Nick Triozzi and runner up Blaire Rodriguez, and the Henry Rutgers Scholars Award to Nick Triozzi. The department was pleased to honor 87 graduates with majors in one of the anthropology subfields.
Graduate Director Laura Ahearn acknowledged students who have earned the Master of Arts in Anthropology or the Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology during the last year:
Master of Arts in Anthropology
Emily Aronoff (1/2011)
Marshall Brooks (5/2011)
Melanie Crisfield (10/2010)
John Fedors (1/2011)
Assaf Harel (10/2010)
Sarita Morse (10/2010) (terminal masters)
Kartikeya Saboo (5/2010)
Jane Steele (10/2010)
Doctor of Philosphy in Anthropology
Chelsea Booth (5/2011)
Bria Dunham (10/2010)
Drew Gerkey (10/2010)
Satsuki Takahashi (10/2010)
Stephen Merritt (1/2011)
Emmanuel Ndiema (5/2011)
Michael Pante (10/2010)
Jane Park (5/2011)
Sarah Schaefer (5/2011)
Fatimah Williams Castro (5/2011)
See Star Ledger article about Rutgers University 2011 Commencement, featuring photo of a graduate in Evolutionary Anthropology.
Honors Symposium 2011
The Anthropology Department celebrated the second annual Honors Symposium on April 8, 2011, in the Ruth Adams Building third floor reception area. Honors students displayed posters featuring their research and discussed their findings with many visitors. Special guests included Dean Mike Beals (SAS Dean's Office), Dean Matt Matsuda (SAS Honors Program), and Dean Kara Donaldson (SAS Dean's Office).
The department Undergraduate Program Committee judged the work of honors participants. Mr. Nick Triozzi was awarded the Annual Award for Outstanding Honors Research, for his work on Energetic Constraints of Foraging, External Processing, and Chewing Food in Homo Sapiens. The runner up this year was Ms. Blaire Rodriguez, for her work on Potawatomi Artisanship: (De)Constructing Notions of Authenticity.
Other participants in the department's Honors Research Symposium included Ms. Juliann Britton, Mr. Kevin Calvey, Ms. Krista Pecoraro, Ms. Sarah Pendergraph, Ms. Janina Pescinski, Mr. Kevin Rosenfield, and Mr. Gandhi Yetish. Congratulations from the Anthropology Department to all our honors students.