Graduate Highlights

June 2017:

Mackenzie Hager is spotlighted in “Healthcare Accessibility Research” at COS News for her research in examining the role reproductive justice plays in Planned Parenthood’s advocacy strategies.  She expects to graduate with her MA in spring 2018.

May 2017:

Sammantha Holder, ’13, is attracting international media attention for her research on the diets of Napoleon’s Grand Army.  She conducted the research during her master’s program at UCF.  See details of the media attention and her research in “UCF Anthropology Alumna Attracts International Attention” at COS News.

Congratulations to Deven Gray on being selected as a recipient of the National Geographic Society’s Early Career Grant.  Deven’s research is highlighted in “Zika in Belize: Researching an Epidemic” at COS News.

February 2017:

Elizabeth “Beth” Chance is featured in an article on UCF Today and COS News, “Anthropology Student Aims to Make a Difference.”  Beth’s MA thesis research on a local watermill in Central Florida will likely be added to the state archaeological record.

February 2017:

Congratulations to Emily Herrington on being selected as a receipitn of the Order of Pegasus, class of 2017.  This is the highest student award that can be attained and is based on academic achievement, university involvement, leadership, and community service.  Graduate students are also evaluated on publication or research experiences.  Emily is the first anthropology graduate students to be awarded this honor.  See details at “COS Students to Receive University’s Highest Honor” at COS News.

November 2016:

Congratulations to Russell Manzano on having one of her photographs chosen for the American Anthropological Association 2017 calendar.  Russell took the photo of young refugees in a boat graveyard during her research in 2016.  She studies the experiences of refugees after they arrive in Italy.  See additional details in “Anthropology Student’s Winning Photograph” at COS News.

April 2016:

Rebecca Young is featured in “Anthropology Student Studies Homelessness” at COS News for her master’s research on homelessness in Central Florida.  She currently has an article under review in the journal Human Organization that specifically addresses homelessness in Orlando and Oviedo.

Congratulations to Adam Kersch on being selected as a guest columnist with the Orlando Sentinel. His articles bring awareness to the migrant crisis taking place in Europe.  His master’s research centered on this topic and specifically on how states and NGOs provide services to migrants.  See “Anthropology Student Sheds Light on European Crisis” in COS News for details.

Congratulations to the 2016 Graduate Research Forum winners:

Abigail Woltering received first place in masters for Social Sciences.  Her poster presentation was “Biological Sex Determination from Trace Element Analysis in Human Hair” and her mentor was Dr. Tosha Dupras.

Zorina Manoni received second place in masters for Social Sciences.  Her poster presentation was “Living in the Kingdom of Bosnia (AD 1377-1463): A Study of Activity Patterns of Agro-pastoralists at Mistihalj” and her mentor was Dr. J. Marla Toyne.

November 2015:

Patrisha Meyers is featured in “Windover Burial Site Refresh” at COS News for her work related to the expansion of the exhibit “People of Windover” at the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science.  Patrisha started as of the director of the museum and the Florida Historical Society Archaeological Institute in April 2015.

September 2015:

Congratulations to Vu Tran for receiving the Alumni Fellows Graduate Scholarship.  Vu is a current graduate student pursuing bioarchaeology research.  See her story at COS News in “Anthropology Student Wins Alumni Scholarship.”

April 2015:

The 2015 Graduate Research Forum winners were announced in early April.

Zorina Manoni, Anthropology MA student in biological anthropology, won 1st place in Social Sciences.  Her poster presentation was “Osteoarthritis in the Andes: Prevalence and Patterning of Disease Among Pre-Columbian Agro Pastoralists from Kuelap” and her advisor/co-author is Dr. J. Marla Toyne, Assistant Professor, Anthropology.

Eric Patz, Anthropology MA student in archaeology, won 2nd place in Social Sciences.  His poster presentation was “Do Subfloor Caches at Altun Ha Represent Quadripartite Partitioning or a Changing Late Classic Maya Cosmology?” and his advisor is Dr. Arlen Chase, Associate Dean and Pegasus Professor, College of Sciences and Anthropology.

Congratulations to Zorina Manoni for winning second place in Social Sciences at the Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium.  Her first place finish in the UCF Graduate Research Forum advanced her to the statewide competition.  See details at COS News in “Graduate Student Research Wins Statewide Recognition.”

March 2015:

Anthropology graduate student, Armando Anzellini, was awarded the Cockburn Student Prize for Best Student Poster Presentation (1st place) at the Paleopathology Association Annual Meeting held March 24-25 in St. Louis.  Armando received a cash award in addition to several books related to the subject of paleopathology donated by authors and members of the association.  His poster presentation was “Variation in Long Bone Length Among the Ancient Chachapoya of Peru” and his advisor is Dr. J. Marla Toyne, Assistant Professor, Anthropology.  Congratulations Armando!  See “Uncovering Award Willing Anthropology Research” at COS News for details.

December 2014:

Congratulations to Adam Kersch for being selected as a recipient of the National Geographic Society Young Explorers Grant.  Adam’s research on refugees in Italy is highlighted in “National Geographic Grant Opens Doors to Italy” at COS News.

June 2014:

UCF’s Master’s student in cultural and medical anthropology, Adam Kersch, was featured in an Orlando Sentinel article on June 24th.  Adam has been conducting research this summer in Italy, and his observations and experiences from this work were published in an article titled “Aid falls short for refugees in Italy: New Voices.”  Adam is working with Dr. Joanna Mishtal as his thesis chair, and he will return to Sicily in 2015 to complete his research for his Master’s thesis.  The COS News story can be read in full here.

April 2014:

Graduate Research Forum
Rachael Kangas
Best in Category in Social Sciences
Unraveling Ix Tab: Revisiting the Ancient Maya “Suicide Goddess” in Archaeology
Mentor/Co-author:  Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster

April 2012:

Graduate Research Forum
Brittany Walter
Best in Category in Social Sciences
Integrating the Differential Global Positioning System and Geographic Information Systems in Mapping Human Remains
Mentor:  Dr. John Schultz

April 2011:

Graduate Research Forum Awards
Joanna Fletcher
Best in Category for a Poster Presentation in Social Sciences
Monitoring the Applicability of Ground-Penetrating Radar on Detecting Shallow Graves Using Proxy Cadavers
Co-authors:  Dr. John Schultz; William Hawkins

William Hawkins
Best in Category for a Poster Presentation in Social Sciences
Monitoring the Long-Term Applicability of Ground-Penetrating Radar Using Proxy Cadavers
Co-authors:  Dr. John Schultz; Joanna Fletcher

April 2009:

Congratulations to Ms. Amy L. Giroux for winning first place in the Anthropological Sciences Section at the Florida Academy of Sciences annual meeting for her poster “Where Floridians Bury Their Dead: An Analysis of Cemetery Placement”. She will receive $25.00 and she has been nominated for the academy-wide UCF Sigma Xi Award and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Award.

Sarah Kindschuh was selected as one of three winners for Best in Category: Social Science for her poster presentation at the 2009 Graduate Research Forum.

December 2008:

Congratulations to former Anthropology BA students, Shayna Michaels and Benjamin Marshal, who married on August 30, 2008. Both also earned master’s degrees at UCF (Shayna in Social Science Education and Ben in Business). Shayna teaches high school in Seminole County and Ben is starting a computer LAN business. Shayna also makes art and Ben is writing a novel.

October 2007:

Graduate students from Bipedal Apes (Anthropology Club) participated in the Olympics at UCF, an event to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. They came in second place, but won the BIG trophy for donating the most!The team was, Charles Dionne, Sarah Kindschuh, Roberta Murphy, Mary Rezos, Andy Tetlow, Liz Wallace, and Dennis Wardlaw. Supporters included Lauren Britton, Ed Nuckols, and Jesse Sloan.They would also like to thank the Honor’s Congress for hosting the event, they had a blast! For more information please contact Mary Rezos at mrezos@mail.ucf.edu.

October 2006:

Stevie Mathews (Anthropology MA, admitted fall 2006) was elected to serve on the Board for the Graduate Student Association