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Dr. John Nass

Posted on April 14, 2010

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Anthropology students from Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will share research results at the annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Conference this weekend at the Kara Alumni House.

The meeting was organized in 1990 to give anthropology majors an opportunity to learn how to conduct research and present their findings at a conference.

Anthropology professor Dr. John Nass said students present the results of research based on classroom projects, independent study and internships. Both posters and oral presentations are options.

Presentations can be made by individuals or teams of two or more students. Juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to present either a research paper or a research poster at the conference. 

The event prepares students to present their work at other conferences or annual meetings, such as the Mid-Atlantic Archaeology Conference, the Eastern States Archaeology Federation annual meeting, and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

At the conclusion of the PASSHE conference, attending faculty meet to select next year's host. Cal U last hosted the event four years ago.

"Hosting the event is a major investment of student and faculty time," said Nass, the faculty adviser to Cal U's Anthropology Club. "Students are responsible for organizing the program, chairing the different sessions, deciding on menus for the attendees and providing entertainment."

Faculty members help to arrange financing and obtain a guest lecturer for the conference.