Student Blog

Pink sunset over the ocean

Finding the Stunning Sunsets Through the Vines of Graduate School

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

Old photo of a train leaving Elandsfontein after the Boer War

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.

Kenya landscape

Why Was a Neuroscientist in the African Savannah for 2 Months?

As an evolutionary neuroscientist, I’ve spent most of my research hours behind lab walls.

Seeds grouped by size and shape after flotation

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?”

Rows of students presenting academic posters

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.

Female scientist with long hair thinking about complex vector science

By Example

The browsing history of my internet search engine contains a medley of material that ranges from academic to unsavory.

The author and colleagues in Kenya

The Researcher Emergent: I- Survival

Since beginning my doctorate at George Washington University, I’ve had no shortage of exciting, informative, and developmentally critical experiences.

The main characters of Night of at the Museum in the back of a car

A Night (or 90) at the Museum

To be completely honest, I spend days, not nights in a museum.

Silhouette of a man touching a glass pane

Close Encounter or Just Half Sleep? How Scientific Inquiry Can Inform Paranormal Experiences

Since it’s getting close to Halloween, I thought I would discuss something a little more creepy than usual that actually happened to me.

The author and colleagues in Kanapoi

"Hey Laurence, Did You Find Any Cool Stuff Digging in Africa This Summer?

I’ve been asked this question a lot recently because in June, I spent two weeks at Kanapoi, the famous site in northern Kenya.

Scientists working in a lab

Anatomy of a Lab Rotation

One of the many great opportunities provided by CASHP for its lucky graduate students is the chance to widen the scope of our research and to build interdisciplinary partnerships with researchers a

The authors and other members of the program

Starting the Evolution in Education Program at CASHP

One of the many great opportunities provided by CASHP for its lucky graduate students is the chance to widen the scope of our research and to build interdisciplinary partnerships with researchers a

AAPA Conference 2014 poster

Conference Time!

This past week I attended the 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) with several others students and faculty fr

The author

The Researcher Emergent: Prologue

Toward the end of my first semester as a PhD student in the HomPal program at GW I was invited to collaborate with my advisor and two of our post-docs on a project they’d developed.

The author studying her favorite topic (desserts)

A Serious Question: How Do You Study?

Graduate students experience various facets of pedagogy simultaneously. For their own studies, they are expected to master a vast literature in a particular field of interest.

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