Student Stories

Anthropology major named to prestigious Yenching Scholars program

Author: Josh Weinhold

A trio of Notre Dame students and alumni have been named Yenching Scholars, a globally competitive award that provides a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree at China’s top university. Teresa Kennedy ’16, an anthropology and peace studies major from Wilbraham, Massachusetts; senior Jenny Ng, a political science major from Sai Kung, Hong Kong; and Dominic Romeo ’14, a political science and Chinese major from Turlock, California, were named to the third cohort entering the Yenching Academy, based at Peking University in Beijing.

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Anthropology Mentorship Program

Author: Anthropology Dept.

The Graduate Students are happy to announce an Anthropology Mentorship Program. In this program, we will match undergraduate students with graduate student mentors to help and advise students as they move through their undergraduate degrees. Mentors can help with graduate school applications, thesis projects, conference papers, course work, and can offer general guidance as an additional resource for students.

If you would like a graduate student mentor, please fill out this Google form so that we can learn more about you and your needs. You can also email Amanda Cortez or Emily deWet with any questions.

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Anthropology major's research takes her around the world

Author: Megan Valley

Notre Dame junior Katie Portman spent summer 2015 doing archaeological fieldwork while living on the M.V. Pitsiulak, a 50-foot longliner, off the coast of subarctic Canada. Despite weather issues, engine malfunctions, and permit-related delays, the experience caused her to fall in love with—and major in—anthropology. Since then, her research pursuits have taken her to Washington, D.C.; Canada; Ireland; and Russia, for projects including excavation of a medieval Christian pilgrimage site and a study of skeletons of monks from Byzantine Jerusalem.

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Anthropology and sustainability student Molly Seidel crosses disciplinary boundaries to address real-world issues

Author: Tessa Bangs and Megan Valley

Notre Dame's sustainability program, open to all majors, seeks to inspire students to cultivate practices and ways of living that preserve natural resources for future generations. The minor is housed in the College of Science, but it has proven to be an ideal way for Arts and Letters students to connect their interest in science with their passion for the humanities.

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Alumni Reflection: Finding the Answer to the 'Major' Question

Author: Rebecca Mayus

Rebecca Mayus

If you had asked me at the beginning of my freshman year at Notre Dame whether I planned to pursue a career in anthropology, I almost certainly would not have replied in the affirmative. In fact, my response would likely have been more along the lines of “What exactly is anthropology?” Like many new college students, I had never been properly introduced to the field, and had no real concept of what it was that anthropologists actually did. All I had to go by were a few largely random names that had cropped up in the news or my past schoolwork: Paul Farmer, Franz Boas, Jane Goodall, Indiana Jones (all right, maybe that last one is a little out of place).

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Anthropology Major Interns at Johns Hopkins Medical School Lab

Author: Tessa Bangs

Andrew Flatley

The way Andrew Flatley sees it, his liberal arts education and the work he’s done in the hard sciences are surprisingly similar. “They both, from different starting points, move toward the same goal of trying to come up with a solution that can help humanity,” he said. That sentiment was echoed in the work Flatley did this summer. A senior anthropology major, he spent 10 weeks interning at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studying mice with Down syndrome.

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Campus Crossroads: The Department's New Home

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Agustín Fuentes

The east building of the Campus Crossroads project will provide classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a student lounge for the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology. Construction is expected to start in November and be finished in 33 months. “This new facility is going to allow us to have this social nexus that is also an intellectual nexus,” said Agustin Fuentes, the department chair. “We’re going to get together and think together and use what anthropology has in the context of the Notre Dame environment to go out and change the world.”

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