Student Stories

Kellogg International Scholar Pursues Career in Public Health

Author: Anthropology Dept.

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The summer after her sophomore year at the University of Notre Dame, Lauren O’Connell ’18 found herself working in a hamlet in the Peruvian Amazon so small it couldn’t even be found on a map.

With no cars and just a few dozen families, it was a far cry from the large Atlanta suburb where she grew up. But her study of the region’s medicinal plants – through an Experiencing the World (ETW)

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From studying monkey fur to analyzing dietary patterns in India, anthropology research proves formative for senior

Author: Carrie Gates

In anthropology, “snowball sampling” refers to growing the number of participants in a research study by asking subjects to refer friends and acquaintances. For senior Candice Park, it was her research experiences at Notre Dame that snowballed, as each opportunity led her to the next — culminating in her senior thesis for the Department of Anthropology.

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Anthropology Alumna Publishes New Novel: On the Great Land

Author: Eric Haanstad

Emily Bieniek, a 2013 graduate of the Department of Anthropology, recently published a new novel, On the Great Land, with Ward Street Press! It is a novel based on Emily's experiences as an intern in Nome, Alaska, and focuses on issues of community, trauma, and healing in Yup'ik families. As an anthropology major, Emily was an excellent student in courses such as Native American Literature, which inspired her research in the Arctic. The book is attracting excellent reviews!

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Anthropology Major to Present at the 2018 Human Development Conference

Author: Eric Haanstad

Lauren O’Connell, a senior Anthropology major will present her paper entitled “Envuelto en Estrés (Wrapped in Stress): Health Decision Making and Tobacco Use Among Medical Students in Puebla, Mexico” at the 2018 Human Development Conference (HDC) at the University of Notre Dame, February 23-24. O’Connell was selected through a competitive process with entries from universities around the country and the world.

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Anthropology Majors, Graduates, and Faculty Explore the Field Museum in Chicago

Author: Eric Haanstad

This November, a group of Notre Dame Anthropology undergraduate and graduate students joined a weekend opportunity to visit The Field Museum with Professor Mark Golitko and Professor Rahul Oka, who share professional connections and ongoing expertise with the Field Museum. Senior Anthropology Major, Nicholas Furnari, shared his report.

The Department of Anthropology is delighted that our Anthropology Majors and Minors can continue to share direct experiences with our faculty as part of the close longstanding relationship between our two institutions.

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Record 30 Arts and Letters students and alumni receive Fulbright Awards for 2017-2018

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

A record 30 College of Arts and Letters students and alumni have been awarded grants by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to study abroad in 2017-18. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study and teach abroad. 

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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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