Anthropologists Present at 2019 IUP Scholars Forum

Posted on 4/10/2019 12:13:45 PM

Three IUP undergrad and 12 graduate Anthropology Department students presented at the 2019 IUP Scholars Forum on April 3, 2019, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, receiving five awards.

Undergraduate Award Winners

Senior anthropology major Rachel Walsilko (faculty mentor Victor Garcia) presented a poster titled “College Women's Well-being: Are Universities Doing Enough?” Senior Rebecca Olechovski (faculty mentor Abigail Adams) gave an oral presentation titled “Perceptions of Narcan in a Rural Appalachian Community.” Senior Nicole Fisher (faculty mentor Abigail Adams) presented a poster titled “The Correlation Between Higher Education and the Decline in Faith.”

Graduate Award Winners

Twelve applied archaeology graduate students participated in the Poster, Sigma-Xi, and Three-Minute Thesis competitions. Second-year graduate student Andrew Malhotra received the CHSS Best Poster award in the graduate competition. His poster, titled “LiDAR and Archaeology: A comparison with Near-Ground Remote Sensing at Fort Allen and Squirrel Hill,” additionally won third place in the Sigma-Xi poster competition. Malhotra also competed as a finalist in the Three-Minute Thesis competition.

Additionally, second-year graduate students Ross Owen and Angela Rooker received Honorable Mentions in the Sigma Xi poster competition. First-year graduate student Heather Lash (with Geography and Regional Planning undergraduates Sara Ritter and Austyn Diaz) received a Peer Choice award for their poster titled “Utilizing GIS for Trail Route Visualization: The Export-Delmont Trail Connection of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail.” Other participating graduate students included Joe Bomberger, Steven Campbell, Sam Edwards, Kristina Gaugler, Anthony Gilchrist, Jessie Hoover, and Christopher Thompson.