Anthropology Graduate Student Rebekah Planto Received Sanders Award for Excellence Undergraduate Mentoring
April 26, 2022
Fieldwork, by its literal meaning, indicates how archaeological/anthropological researchers go out into communities and sites to investigate and excavate. As fieldwork is essential to archaeology, educators in archaeology not only teach in the classroom and laboratory but also encourage their students to go outdoors to practice archaeological engagement. Rebekah Planto, a PhD student in our department, worked closely with WM undergraduate students at archaeological sites in Colonial Williamsburg during a summer archaeological field school where students gained first-hand archaeological experience. Rebekah also has mentored students in her own research project at Bacon’s Castle, allowing students to receive hands-on training. Rebekah was recently awarded a Sanderson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, by William & Mary’s Office of Graduate Studies & Research. It stands for the school’s recognition of graduate mentors’ excellence in teaching that contributes to out-of-class room research and scholarly development of undergraduates. Congratulations, Rebekah! To hear what students and professors say about Rebekah’s teaching excellence, click here.