The 15th annual Graduate Research Symposium was held in Sadler conference center on campus Friday and Saturday March 18th and 19th. There were over 150 poster and oral presentations by graduate students from William and Mary as well as 16 other regional institutions. This research symposium was actually started by a few students in the American Studies Department, but it was run this year in large part thanks to the Anthropology Department (Jenna Dietmeier, Summer Moore, and Elizabeth Scholz).
All of the Anthropology presentations were dynamic and engaging, yet I would like to highlight a few. Summer Moore won the Market Access International, Inc. Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Elizabeth Scholz won the S. Laurie Sanderson Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. Jenna Dietmeier won the award for the most times “jackass” was mentioned in a presentation about how President George Washington was the father of the American Mule. Mallory Moran won the award for the most programming knowledge held by an Anthropology Graduate student for hand coding her data into a program whose heyday was in the mid 1980s.
Thank you to all the Anthropology students, alumni, and professors who came out to support us! We look forward to next year’s Graduate Research Symposium and how many burritos from the free lunch we can fit into the ziplock bags in our backpacks.