Anthropology: Current Student Resources
Anthropology Symposiums and Conferences
Each spring, undergraduate Anthropology majors from across the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education gather at a host university to present summaries of both course and independent research projects in an organized one- to two-day symposium. A research poster session is also a common feature of the symposium. Juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to present either a research paper or a research poster at the symposium.
You also have the opportunity to attend the Mid-Atlantic Archaeology Conference, the Eastern States Archaeology Federation annual meeting and the Byways to the Past Conference, the latter being hosted each spring by Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Byways conference features presentations on Pennsylvania Department of Transportation archaeological and historical projects from across Pennsylvania. Students also can attend and present at the annual meetings for the Northeastern Forensic Anthropology Association (NEFAA); Midwest Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Association (BARFAA); and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA).
Field Trips and Community Service Project
As an anthropology student, you can look forward to trips to neighboring museums (The Carnegie Museum of Natural History), historical sites (Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Bushy Run Battlefield) and archaeological sites (Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Moundsville State Park).
We also participate in several community service projects annually. One recent project was assisting the Greater Redstone Clearwater Initiative, a non-profit group in Fayette County, by conducting archaeological investigations on property to be developed for the treatment of mine drainage flowing into Redstone Creek.
The Anthropology Club is open to all students. The club both sponsors and supports events and forums facilitating the broader understanding of cultural differences, as well as the general discipline of anthropology. Club members raise money that is used to support trips to local and regional anthropological conferences such as the Eastern States Archaeological Federation Meeting, Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, Byways for the Past Conference, Annual Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Conference and the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education's annual Undergraduate Anthropology Conference. In addition, the club sponsors field trips to Pittsburgh and the surrounding states of Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia to visit archaeological sites, field excavations and other points of interest, such as the national museums of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
Lambda Alpha Honorary in Anthropology
The purpose of the society is to encourage and stimulate scholarship and research in anthropology by recognizing and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students, faculty and other individuals engaged in the study of anthropology. Enrollment is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled and having completed not less than 12 semester hours or the equivalent in academic anthropology who have an average grade in these courses of not less than a "B" or 3.0 and a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.8.
Local chapters can also admit graduate students and undergraduate students who are pursuing a minor in anthropology. California's chapter is Gamma of Pennsylvania. Although new members can be nominated for membership at any time during the academic year, an initiation meeting for new members is held each spring.