Senior anthropology majors Rachel Wasilko and Nicole Fisher and faculty member Amanda Poole presented on their research at the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference in Portland, Oregon, last week.
Rachel Wasilko presented a poster titled “College Women’s Strategies for Balanced Well-being and Stress Management.” Nicole Fisher presented a poster titled “The Correlation between Higher Education and the Decline in Faith.” These posters represented
their original anthropological research projects designed and conducted as majors in the Department of Anthropology.
Amanda Poole presented a paper titled “When the Humanitarians are Refugees: Eritrean Refugee Volunteers in Ethiopian Camps.” This paper was presented as part of
a panel focused on assessing volunteers in humanitarian programs for refugees and displaced populations. The paper argues for increased support of grassroots volunteer efforts by refugees in Ethiopia as new refugee policies go into effect.
The Society for Applied Anthropology, an organization of anthropologists dedicated to the application of anthropological research to solving human problems, hosts a meeting annually.
IUP faculty and students frequently participate in this conference. The IUP Department of Anthropology is nationally recognized for its focus on applied anthropology
at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Photo: Nicole Fisher and Rachel Wasilko presenting their posters at the 2019 Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting