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The Dissertation Proposal Defense

The third year of the PhD program at CASHP is a whirlwind for anyone who experiences it.  It is both the culmination of one's classwork and teaching responsibilities as well as the platform for fut

journal club

It's Time for Journal Club!

One of the great benefits of being a graduate student is getting the opportunity to discuss studies and ideas outside one’s areas of expertise.

Chimpanzees: Not for your Entertainment

In one of the labs in the undergraduate introduction to biological anthropology course, one activity asks students to identify facial expression in humans.

The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve

[3 years ago] How to get a research visa take one:


The author at the 2015 AAPA meetings in St. Louis

The Big Meeting

Excitement, nervousness, exhaustion. The annual physical anthropology meetings elicit a mix of emotions for a budding scientist.

The Future

Surviving Science

For those interested in pursuing a career in science, receiving an acceptance letter from your dream graduate program is a momentous occasion, surrounded by seemingly endless possibilities and oppo

Learning the Ropes...and Teaching Them Too!

As graduate students, we occupy an unusual role in the university.

Mary Leakey

“Ancestors for Us All” - Cultural Heritage and Prehistory Research in Tanzania

While perusing museum records in Dar es Salaam last week, I came across an obituary of one Dr. Louis S.B. Leakey.

Resources for graduate students

Resources For PhD Students Are Not Scarce, If You Know Where To Look

Have you ever noticed that people love to give advice? I am no exception! In this post I am going to share links to resources that can be useful to graduate students.

Tanga with baby

Finding the Stunning Sunsets Through the Tangled Vines of Graduate School

Trip. Get back up. Vines. Free. Where are these chimps? Keep searching. Chimps. Incredible. Repeat

Excavations at Elandsfontein

Winter Break at Elandsfontein

As an archaeologist one of the things I look forward to most is getting into the field. I had my first field experience when I was 18 years old.


34-years later: Do we know why we study paleoecology?

“Do paleoecologists even possess an adequate vocabulary to imagine anything other than savannah mosaic, more or less, wetter or drier, bush or grassland?”


Beginner’s Guide to Poster Presentations

Graduate school is undeniably rich with a lot of ‘firsts.’ For many students, attending and presenting at conferences is one milestone they are eager to check off.