Student Blog

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Reaching Out

Survival is the top priority of graduate students.

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Uniting Human Origins Research in East Africa, Fifty Years After Homo habilis

In the summer of 2015, in addition to conducting fieldwork and research in the National museum of Ethiopia, I had the opportunity to participate in the 5th Biennial Conference of the EAAPP (Ea

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New Flash: Graduate School Nerd Inspired by Star Trek

got the best news ever the other day: new Star Trek in 2017! Yeah so, I’m a Trekker, and I have been for most of my life now.

The author and Dr. Sonya Merrill, a STEM career coach who works with GW’s Center for Career Services

GW Women in STEM First Annual Symposium - Hopefully the First of Many

Last year, CASHP’s Women in Science group faced a challenge: how could we continue the dialogue about the struggles women in STEM face, while keeping the conversation constructive?

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Protecting Olduvai's Treasures

It is no secret that Olduvai Gorge has yielded many of the most important discoveries in human evolution, from the type specimen of Homo habilis and Paranthropus boisei to the n

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A Data Focused Approach: Too Chimplistic?

Discontented grumbles from nearby researchers and field assistants pull my attention away from my target.

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Paleoanthropological Noise

Disclaimer: There is a ridiculous, David Foster Wallace-esque number of hyperlinks and footnotes in this blog entry.

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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 platfor

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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.

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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.

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The Learning Curve

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


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The Big Meeting

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

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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

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Learning the Ropes...and Teaching Them Too!

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

Mary Leakey at the site of FLK-Zinj.

"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.