On December 2-3, 2016, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will host 17 anthropology students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the 16th annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) symposium in Washington, D.C. Supported by ARC and organized by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University.
ATP coordinates student teams from participating colleges and universities in Appalachia to develop applied research projects on topics related to building a sustainable future for the Appalachian Region. As part of ATP, student teams travel to Washington, D.C., to formally present their research to other participating schools and ARC leadership.
“Each year, the Appalachian Teaching Project brings together students from across the Region to share their research, work, and vision,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl. “These next-generation leaders are energetic and innovative, and give a glimpse into Appalachia’s bright future.”
The 2016 ATP symposium will be held at the Crystal City Marriot in Arlington, Va., and will feature 150 students representing 14 schools from 11 Appalachian states. The team from Indiana, Pa. includes 17 anthropology students who will present information on the creation of the Adventure Learning Trail, which is a GeoCaching history tour in downtown Indiana, Pa . The research team is led by Dr. Abigail R. Adams, who has been named an Appalachian Teaching Fellow for the 2016–2017 academic year. Nearly 2,000 students from 20 colleges and universities across Appalachia have participated in the ATP since the program began in 2001.