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Anthro Grad Students Shine at 2011 Graduate Research Symposium

Anthrop0logy graduate students won three awards at the tenth annual Graduate Research Symposium held on March 25 - 26 in the Sadler Center here on campus.   These symposia have been growing in size and focus and this year's was the largest and most posterssuccessful yet held.  Anthropology PhD student Sarah Zimmet co-chaired the Symposium,  and grad students Sarah Byrd and Jenn Ogborne helped staff the event.  From the Co-chairs' letter:

"The Graduate Research Symposium began as a collaborative effort between graduate programs to establish a forum through which work at the graduate level could be shared amongst graduate colleagues at William & Mary. The first Symposium, held in January 2002, featured presentations by graduate students from many of William & Mary’s graduate programs including Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Law. It was the first truly interdisciplinary gathering of William & Mary’s diverse graduate student population.."

At right, President Reveley inspects a poster at the 2011 GRS. Faculty member D. Moretti-Langholtz and graduate students Sarah Chesney, Jen Ogborne , Sarah Byrd and Sarah Zimmet are also in attendance.

Siedow, Hasselbacher and Chapman with a beaming Dr. BragdonThe three Anthropology award winners, Ellen Chapman, Stephanie Hasselbacher and Erik Siedow, all won for excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Honorable mentions were awarded to Ellen Chapman, (Advisor: Dr. Michael Blakey) for her paper:  To restore to them their lost Reason': Processes of Treatment and Confinement at Williamsburg's Public Hospital on the Brink of the Moral Treatment Revolution; and to Stephanie Hasselbacher (Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Bragdon) for her paper:  'Shakespeare and All the Olden Talk": Linguistic Change and Authority at Coushatta, Louisiana.  Erik Siedow (Advisor: Dr. Frederick Smith) was awarded the Market Access International, Inc. Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences for his paper: An Archaeometric Examination of Barbadian Redware During the Early Colonial Era.

No less than seventeen Anthro grad students presented papers at these year's symposium, ranging in topic from Native American and African America cultural resistance and survival, to language revival, technical studies of archaeological ceramics and cultural-historical studies of Yorktown, Barbados and Liberia. To browse the titles of this year's papers, consult the PDF program.