Justin Meinert and Jamie Minich presented research posters at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, March 27–31, 2012, in Baltimore. The students conducted their research for Professor Victor Garcia's Ethnographic Research Methods class in Fall semester.
Meinert's poster, "Ritual Processes of IUP Anthropology Students," was based on his research on ritual in the lives of undergraduate students. Rituals included studying, religious practices, or extracurricular activities that involved a ritual behavior.
He considered the similarities and differences among the rituals and the reasons for practicing them. Data were gathered using surveys, in-depth interviews, and participatory observation.
Minich's poster, "Lifestyle Changes in Saudi Males and Females," was based on her research on culturally learned lifestyles of Saudi students at IUP and whether health-related habits and attitudes have changed for them.
Her research included one six-person focus group for each gender and unstructured interviewing, free-listing, and weeklong journals of meals and activities. The students gained personal insight about themselves while abroad. The results will help us to better understand Saudi student values of health contextualized in two cultures.
The Society for Applied Anthropology was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems. The society promotes the integration of anthropological perspectives and methods in solving human problems throughout the world; advocates for fair and just public policy based upon sound research; promotes public recognition of anthropology as a profession; and supports the continuing professionalization of the field.