Banner Photo: UI anthropology students attending the 2014 Northwest Anthropology Conference in Bellingham, WA.
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In late March, fifteen student anthropologists went to Bellingham, Washington to present the results of their various research projects. The works presented included Mary Petrich-Guy co-organizing a symposium on public archaeology in the west, Amanda Adler presenting a poster on the effects of homelessness on parents and children. Kyla Fitz-Gerald presenting her research on the Kooskia Interment camp among many others. The highlight of the conference was Kali Oliver winning the award for the outstanding student paper presentation at the conference. It marked the third year in a row that a University of Idaho student has won the award at this particular conference.
These accomplishments come on the heels of several other accomplishments at the 47th annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology in Quebec, Canada in January. Despite the challenges of winter travel (cancelled flights and lost luggage) Idaho student anthropologists were also recognized for their accomplishments beyond their research presentations. Most notable was a team of three graduate students winning the first ever “Ethics Bowl” held by the society. Mary Petrich-Guy, Jessica Goodwin and Theodore Charles (plus an undergraduate from another university) comprised the winning team. As ethics bowl judge and Society for Historical archaeology President Charles Ewen commented.
“This year's ethics bowl demonstrated that today's graduate students are better prepared than ever to face the challenges that will confront them in their professional lives. The competition was fierce, with runner-up Laval University making it a tight contest. However, I must say I was impressed with the maturity and breadth of knowledge demonstrated by the students of team Idaho!”
It should also be noted that graduate student Mary Petrich-Guy was appointed as Chair of the Student Subcommittee of the Society’s Academic and Professional training committee.
Overall the student accomplishments of the spring highlight the robust emphasis on student research by Idaho Anthropologists. Over the past four years there have been at least 60 student research presentations at national, regional or local conferences and of that total roughly a third of them have been presentations by undergraduates.
In addition to the ethics bowl participation Idaho student Ashley Morton presented a paper and hosted a student discussion forum while alumni William white (MA), Sarah Heffner (MA) and Kaila Akina (BA 2012) also presented papers and/or organized sessions. All three of these former students have gone on to either complete their Ph.D. or are currently working towards completion of their doctorate.