Highlights

Undergraduate Highlights

May 2017:

Congratulations to Vaillant Cruz on receiving the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship through the Office of Undergraduate Research.  It provides funds for her to use during her summer research travel involving the study or Irish and Scottish Gaelic.  Her research adviser is Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster.

April 2017:

Congratulations to the winners of the Showcase for Undergraduate Research Excellence

Melissa Gomez
Judges Choice in Social Sciences
Analysis of Collagen Extraction from Bahamian Hutia to Determine Domestication Patterns
Mentor:  Dr. Peter Sinelli and Dr. Lana Williams

Juliana Snowden, Victoria Priola, and Lucas Pettinati
Judges Choice in Social Sciences
Old Lighthouse Site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Mentor:  Dr. Neil Duncan

March 2017:

Congratulations to Emily Dovydaitis for being inducted into the Order of Pegasus for 2017.  The Order of Pegasus if the most prestigious and significant student award possible at UCF.  It recognizes exemplary performance by UCF bachelor’s students in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service.  Real the full COS News story here.

February 2017:

“Anthropology Student Seeks Degree to Thank Mom, Dig Up Latin American Roots” in COS News features the life story of Kimberly Batres, anthropology undergraduate student, and her plans for a future career in archaeology.

November 2016:

Congratulations to Christy Box on earning the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research for November.  Christy conducted research over Summer 2016 and is featured in the COS News article “Award Winning Linguistic Anthropology.”   Her research adviser is Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster.

June 2016:

Congratulations to Lillie Dao, ’11, on her spotlight with COS News in “Anthropology Alumna Advocates Social Justice.”  Check out Lillie’s accomplishments since earning her BA in anthropology at UCF.

May 2016:

Congratulations to Christy Box on receiving the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship through the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Burnett Research Scholars Grant.  Both provide funds for her to use during her summer research travel involving the study or Irish and Scottish Gaelic.  Her research adviser is Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster.

April 2016:

Congratulations to the winners of the Showcase for Undergraduate Research Excellence

Melissa Gomez
1st Place in Social Sciences II
Stable Isotope Analysis of the Extracted Collagen from the Bahamian Hutia; Determining Role in Indigenous Agricultural Development
Mentor:  Dr. Peter Sinelli and Dr. Lana Williams

Congratulations to Caitlin Sawyer for being selected to attend a National Science Foundation Research Experience in Sicily, Italy.  This is a very selective program conducted through the University of Georgia.  See “A Summer in Sicily” in COS News for more details.

April 2015:

Congratulations to the winners of the Showcase for Undergraduate Research Excellence

Tiernan Middleton
1st Place in Social Sciences II
Homophobia and HIV: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of HIV Transmission
Mentor:  Dr. Joanna Mishtal

Serenela Pelier
2nd Place in Social Sciences II
Stable Isotope Evidence for the Geographic Origins and Military Movement of Napoleonic Soldiers During the March to Moscow in 1812
Mentor:  Dr. Tosha Dupras

March 2015:

Congratulations to Shannon Payne for being inducted into the Order of Pegasus for 2014.  The Order of Pegasus if the most prestigious and significant student award possible at UCF.  It recognizes exemplary performance by UCF bachelor’s students in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service.  Real the full COS News story here.

February 2014:

Congratulations to Vu Tran for being inducted into the Order of Pegasus for 2014.  The Order of the Pegasus is the most prestigious and significant award possible at UCF.  It recognizes exemplary performance by UCF bachelor’s students in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service.  Read the full COS News story here.

January 2013:

Public Anthropology Awards

Congratulations to Scott Vogelpohl, Kelsey Chantry, Daniel Londono, Rebecca Young, J. Hemingway, and Jeffrey Endriss on their Public Anthropology awards.  The undergraduate students participated in a North American essay competition with over 3,600 students from 25 schools.  All six winners were students of Dr. Joanna Mishtal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UCF.  To read the award-winning opinion pieces, click here.

April 2012:

Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

Patrisha Reynolds
1st Place in Social Sciences III
Temporal Trends in Grave Marker Attributes: An Analysis of Headstones in Florida
Mentor:  Dr. John Schultz

Kendall McCollough
2nd Place in Social Sciences III
Determining the Sex of Juvenile Skeletal Remains via Dentition
Mentor:  Dr. Tosha Dupras

April 2011:

Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

Patrisha Reynolds – 2nd place in Social Sciences III
Variation of Grave Marker Attributes in Central and Southeast Florida
Mentor:  Dr. John Schultz

January 2011:

An act of altruism earned a Knight alumnus token of high honor from the UCF Police Department on Jan. 20.

On January 19, anthropology graduate Matt Newton noticed an abandoned wallet and cell phone in the downstairs men’s restroom of Howard Phillips Hall. Newton said he glanced around for the owner but didn’t see anyone.

To Newton’s surprise, the wallet contained more than $200 and several debit cards. Instead of going on a shopping spree, he turned it over to the UCF police.

Newton was awarded a UCF challenge coin, a token rewarded to those who perform an honorable act.

April 2010:

Congratulations to Illy Diaz on her upcoming poster presentation at the 79th Annual American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico!  Illy will be presenting her poster entitled, “The Ethnoprimatology of Limón, Costa Rica: A Survey in Conservation.” Her research has received extensive recognition.  She recently won second place in the Social Sciences category at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research.  Additionally, she was the recipient of the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence 2010 Scholarship.  She has also been awarded funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Student Government Association to help fund her trip to the AAPA. Further, she was invited to present her research on Capitol Hill and has been invited to submit for publication.

Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence Winners Social Sciences I :

1st Place: Amelia Carey
Religious Affiliation and Religiosity: Variations on Perceptions of Domestic Violence
Mentor: Dr. Jana Jasinski (Sociology)

2nd Place: Ileana Diaz
The Ethnoprimatology of Limón, Costa Rica: A Survey in Conservation
Mentor: Dr. Leslie Lieberman (Anthropology)

Honorable Mention: DEANN COLLINS
Investigating Predictors of Ageism: Relationship with Older Adult Wanted
Mentors: Dr. Shannon Whitten, Dr. Erin Murdoch, Dr. Karen
Mottarella (Psychology)

Honorable Mention: LINDSAY DHANANI
Homeless Perception Based on Religious Affiliation
Mentor: Dr. Amy Donley (Sociology)

February 2010:

Congratulations Jamie Vela (B.A. in Anthropology, UCF) for being a part of the group of New Mexico State University graduate students who along with their professor, are preparing a nomination to the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee.  The opportunity could secure New Mexico as one of the first states to recognize the cultural, archaeological and historical importance of the Apollo 11 artifacts left on the moon.  See the rest of the story at the following link: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/news/article/?page=article&action=show&id=4959

January 2010:

Honors in the Major student Shainna Ali was awarded UCF’s India Program Fellowship for Spring 2010. Shainna also was awarded a Burnett Honors College Honors in the Major Scholarship for Spring 2010. Her thesis is titled “Hijras in Guyana: Colonial and Postcolonial Transformations in Hijra Identity,” and her expected graduation date is May 2010.

December 2009:

Anthropology major is featured in UCF commercial; “Opportunity #32”. Check it out here:

October 2009:

Congratulations to Wendy Crane on being awarded the Florida Missing Children’s Day 2009 Commissioners Award.  She received the award for her work on Identifying Florida Unidentified Missing Persons. Wendy is currently a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Broward County Medical Examiner. She is also a Diplomate-American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Wendy received her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the UCF in December 2002.

September 2009:

Congratulations to Wendy Crane on being awarded the Florida Missing Children’s Day 2009 Commissioners Award. Wendy received her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida in December 2002. She received the award for her work on Identifying Florida Unidentified Missing Persons.

Wendy is currently a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Broward County Medical Examiner. She is also a Diplomate-American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

April 2009:

Congratulations to the following undergraduate students for winning  first place in the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence  yesterday:

  • Michael Napolitano
  • Lourdes Villalta
  • Jordon Munizzi
  • Trent McRae
  • Sara Scott

The students were supervised by Dr. John Walker (see faculty page for  profile).Their poster (which will be displayed at the UCF Library) is  entitled:  Archaeological GIS of the Beni. They were awarded first prize in the Social Sciences II category,  which includes a $600 scholarship.

Please see following links for more information:

http://www.showcase.ucf.edu/

http://www.our.ucf.edu/opportunities/sure.php

http://www.showcase.ucf.edu/past/

December 2008:

Congratulations to Zenobia Carver for receiving the Who’s Who Among Students at UCF award for the 2007-08 year. Zenobia is a major in Anthropology and Psychology.

Former anthropology student Margaret “Tess” Bonacci was formally sworn in as a Peace Corps volunteer; her assignment is in Zambia, where she will be living for two years, focusing on HIV and AIDs education to teenagers.

April 2008:

Nancy Gillis (undergraduate with Eric Hoffman) received Outstanding Student Poster presentation at the recent 2008 Ocean Sciences conference in Orlando, FL. This was for her research entitled “Genetic Diversity and Population Admixture Contribute to Establishment of Mytella charruana, an Invasive Mussel” which was coauthored by Linda Walters and Eric Hoffman.