Friday, October 8, 2010

Research Mixer

Do you want to share your research with the Undergraduate Community?
Do you have an idea about how to get a research mixer underway?
Contribute your ideas here!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Photo Exhibit for Undergrad Fieldwork

We are searching for undergrad researchers interested in putting their photos on display?
If you are, post here for some suggestions about how to go about this.
We were envisioning a display in the 3rd floor lounge.
Tell us what you think!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thursday, September 24: Fiesta Utz


A student-driven fundraiser to benefit the Hospitalito Atitlán in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala.

With special guest, Dr. Juan Manuel Chuc, from the hospitalito.

Harnwell Rooftop Lounge

Thursday, Septmber 24, 2009

8 pm – 12 am


Latin Food, Performances by student groups, Salsa Lesson, Dancing with DJ Rico

Come learn about how to get involved in the

Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI) and volunteering abroad.

Proceeds benefit the construction of the new

Hospitalito Atitlán.

RSVP: or

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Call for Submissions! In Situ: Penn's Official Undergraduate Anthropology Journal

Anthropology Students:

In Situ: Penn's Official Undergraduate Anthropology Research Journal is currently accepting submissions for our Fall 2009 issue. We are an undergraduate-run journal that publishes a variety of works from fellow students here at Penn. We will consider all anthropology-related work, and encourage papers written for Anthropology courses from the previous school year. This is an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to get published. Further, the editorial board will vote on the best submission, which will be honored within the anthropology department.

Papers can be from any subfield of anthropology: reports of empirical research, ethnographic research, or a synthesis of previous literature in any anthropology-related field. There is no restriction on theme, format, or style.

Please email a electronic copy of your paper to:

First round deadline: September 20, 2009

We look forward to reading your submissions!
In Situ Editorial Board
[Undergraduate Anthropology Society]

Questions should be addressed to the In Situ editorial board at


To submit a paper for consideration, the author must be an undergraduate student here at the University of Pennsylvania. Authors must also agree to have their papers reviewed by a faculty member who has overseen the original research or can vouch that the research published is without breach of scientific intergrity or honesty.

Professor Review
As students must have a faculty member or instructor from their institution sponsor their submissions, the In Situ editorial board will assist in finding an appropriate sponser in cases where the author has not been directly overseen. Sponsers must be professors who can certify that they have overseen the research by the author, and/or that the research is in keeping with scientific integrity and honesty, and is of publishable quality.

Selection Process
The In Situ editorial board gladly considers all papers relating to any anthropology-related field. However, due to printing constraints - only the highest quality papers we will be selected. The board will determine this through an internal vote, as well as consultation with professors knowledgeable on the topics of the papers. All authors are encouraged to apply; however, even individuals whose papers are selected must be willing to work with the editorial board to polish the papers and potentially shorten it to a length acceptable for printing. For longer papers, the full version can be published in the online edition of In Situ.

Formatting Guidelines

Your submitted article should include all of the following sections:

Title Page This should include the title of the work being submitted, the author's name, and contact information (email and phone number)

Abstract (up to 250 words)

Body 7-10 pages max. Please note that if your paper is longer than 10 pages, still submit it, and the editors will work with you to cut it down.

References You must include a references list in APA style web form. For more information on APA style, please visit their

The first round deadline for the Fall 2009 issue is September 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm.

Additional Questions?
Please contact us at with any questions on formatting, topic guidelines or any other concerns.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

AUAB Spotlight: Benny Laitman !

Hailing from Great Neck, NY, Benny is a rising Senior in the College, double majoring in Anthropology (Human Biology Concentration) and Biological Basis of behavior. Benny is currently submatriculated into the M.S. program in Physical Anthropology, but later hopes to get an MD/PhD in Neuroscience (Benny likes school—weird). Besides being UAS President, Benny is President of the BBB Society, and concentrates heavily on his research in how Post-traumatic Stress Disorder affects sleep. Benny hates long walks on the beach (he has red hair and gets burned easily) but loves Indian food and Sushi. He is a Star Wars and Scrubs freak, and admits to have stolen (but returned all unharmed) some teeth from room 330.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

AUAB Spotlight: Katie McCarthy !

Katie McCarthy is from Delaware and a sophomore double majoring in Anthropology
(with a Human Biology concentration) and Political Science. Eventually
she hopes to work in international law and peace negotiations. Besides
being the UAS secretary, she also hands out keys to freshmen in the Quad
Information Center. She likes the elephant skull in Room 330, dogs, and
Jimmy Johns.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Unite for Sight Conference

April 10, 2009
Hey, ya'll!
Hayley here! I am an ANTHRO major, concentration in Medical Anthropology.
I am wondering if anyone in ANTHRO is going to the Unite for Sight Global Health Conference next weekend (April 18-19) at Yale.
This year's theme is "Achieving Global Goals through Innovation." Check out the site:
I am interested in going, but I would need transportation. Maybe we could set up a car sharing deal if people are going?!
You can e mail me at

Hayley Germack

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spotlight: Catalina Villamil !

Catalina Villamil is the UAS's treasurer and a sophomore in the college, studying anthropology with a Human Biology concentration and (hopefully soon) will submatriculate in the MS program. She's not working right now (hopefully soon) and she don't know what she's doing for summer yet (hopefully soon). She like cats, dogs, and tea parties and British country homes. She's also from San Juan, Puerto Rico!

Friday, March 27, 2009


The Undergraduate Anthropology Society/Anthropology Undergraduate Advisory Board will be holding a course fair this Monday, March 30th @ 5:15 in Houston Hall (Bishop White Room -217).

Advance registration ends next week, so come to get first-hand accounts of the Anthropology Department's Fall 2009 course offerings and get a list of the courses broken down by requirement.

All students are welcome to attend and food will be served. This is a great opportunity for undergrads to mingle, learn specifics about upcoming courses, and chat with other Anthro majors about their experience with various courses.

Please stop by, even if it is just for a short while!

TIME: Monday, March 30, 5:15 pm
LOCATION: Houston Hall, Bishop White Room (217), second floor (next to OSL office)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spotlight: Rhea May ! ! !

Rhea May is a sophomore in the college majoring in Anthropology with a Human Biology concentration, and minoring in Health and Societies. She is from West Virginia, and transferred to Penn this year from West Virginia University. In addition to being academic chair of the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisory Board, she is also a member of Arts House Dance Company and Big Brothers Big Sisters. This summer, Rhea will be interning at the archival section of the Penn Museum. 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Anthropology in the summertime!

Yes you can get paid to study anthro!  The National Science Foundation funds Research Experience for Undergraduate sites at universities around the country.  These are 7-10 week research/training programs that pay undergraduates to come and study/do research.  I found two NSF-REU sites in anthropology running this upcoming summer and wanted to make sure that Penn undergrads studying anthropology were informed about these great opportunities.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Summer Research Opportunities in Anthropology

Want a summer job? Interested in Anthropology? Want to conduct research with a member of Penn's amazing Anthropology faculty? Like Pizza?

This Friday (2/20) at 2:30 in Room 328 at the University Museum, the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisory Board will be hosting this semester's Summer Research Opportunities Session. Come chat with professors about their summer research, meet with CURF representatives about funding possibilities for your own research and fellowships, and talk to other students about their own previous summer projects.

If you are at all interested in anthropology research, how to get involved, or a possible future thesis, this is a great event to attend.



AUAB'S FIRST "HAPPY HOUR WITH A GRAD STUDENT" featuring Liz Erkenbrack, world of warcraft, MMORPGS, cookies, and plenty of nerdz!!!

The Undergraduate Anthropology Advisory Board would like to invite you to a casual brown bag lunch this
Thursday February 19th at 1:30pm in the anthropology department lounge on the third floor of the Penn Museum. We'll be chatting with anthropology grad student Liz Erkenbrack about her research on Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs), particularly World of Warcraft. In her own words, Liz looks at the "socio-cultural and economic implications of playing the game" and analyzes "various forms of discourse used at different points in the game". This should be a great event and we hope to see you there!

Friday, February 6, 2009


Hey Fellow Anthropology Majors!

This email is to let you know about what we have planned for the Thesis Workshops. Last time we had a great turnout, so we're excited to get things moving!!! We've also got some meetings that you just can't miss, especially since Spring Break is 5 WEEKS AWAY! Here's the Schedule:

This Friday (1/30): No Workshop

Friday 2/6: THESIS BOOTCAMP - Find out what you need to do to get your thesis done! Come in whatever you have, and get advice from the experts about where you need to go, and how.

Friday 2/20: Literary Framework and Review - Talk with professors and students about who you're using for your literary framework. What theories are you covering? Who else should you read? How can you apply it to what you've observed?

Friday 2/27: Analysis and Discussion - How do you analyze your notes/interviews/observations? Learn how to synthesize what you've found and turn it into an argument.

Spring Break

Friday 3/20: Crisis Resolution/How to Write - Come in and get the kinks worked out. Is there something you're stuck on? Are you getting writers block? We'll take care of it!

Friday 2/27: TBA. So email us about what you want think you'll want help with!

As of right now, the location is the Anthropology Lounge. Possible alternatives are the Philomathean Society room in College Hall. We'll keep you posted. (Remember that Workshops are from 1-3 pm.)

So get to work!!! Let's all try and get done before Senior Week, so that we can PLAY!!!

Have a great week! See you on the 6th!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Department Research Fellowship Meeting - Feb 2!

Dear Students,

Interested in pursuing research? Interesting in funding? Here is an exciting, new opportunity for you!

The Anthropology Department will have a one-hour long faculty/undergrad meeting on Monday, Feb 2 at 12:00 in room 345 in the Museum.
Anthropology Faculty will be speaking about possibilities for short-term individual anthropological undergraduate research. Faculty (in consultation with interested undergrads) will have the opportunity to apply for the Departmental
Research Fellowship. This competition-based fellowship will help to cover the costs of undergraduate research.

Furthermore, research fellows will have the opportunity to present their research findings atan annual undergraduate research workshop.

For more information, please attend the meeting on Monday. It is an important first step to applying for the funding. We look forward to seeing you!


the AUAB

Monday, December 22, 2008

Free for Penn Students: Colin Renfrew Lecture

Colin Renfrew to be awarded the 2009 SAFE Beacon Award
Lecture: Combating the Illicit Antiquities Trade: the 1970 Rule as a Turning Point (or How the Metropolitan Museum lags behind the Getty)

Date: January 10, 2009; Saturday

Time: Lecture and Reception: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Location: Marriott Downtown Hotel

1201 Market Street; Philadelphia, PA

Grand Ballroom, Salon G

Cost: Free for Penn Students (contact for details)

Join SAFE for an evening of celebration honoring Professor Colin Renfrew, recipient of the 2009 SAFE Beacon Award, for his life-long service to archaeology and efforts to raise public awareness about the looting of the world's ancient heritage and the trade in illicit antiquities. The evening will commence with the Beacon Award Lecture, followed by the Beacon Award ceremony and a reception.

In his lecture, Professor Renfrew will contrast the responses of the Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the success of the Italian and Greek governments in securing from them the return of looted antiquities. He will commend the Getty's new policy and ask why the Metropolitan Museum has not followed suit. He will underline the significance of the recent decision of the Association of Art Museum Directors to follow the 1970 Rule and ask how long the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum can maintain the policies that led them to acquire the notorious "Euphronios Vase." He will also describe the ethical, intellectual and strategic framework for countering the traffic in illicit antiquities.

The 2009 SAFE Beacon Awards Lecture and Reception is co-sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Congratulations New * AUAB * Board

The Anthropology Undergraduate Advisory Board (AUAB) would like to congratulate the newly-elected board for Spring 2009! Elections were held during our Reading Days Brunch on December 9th, and we thank those of you who came out to chat, relax and munch on bagels and coffee cake with us!

So here is your NEW AUAB Board:

Benjamin Laitman, Chair
Lauren Kapsalakis, Vice Chair
Amber Weekes, Co Chair of Events/Publicist
Rachel Higgins, Co Chair of Events/Publicist
Katharine Seeger, Thesis Committee Chair
Brandi Waters, In Situ Journal Committee Chair

(Leadership Bios Coming Soon!)

Ok, not listed above? Well, you can still be a leader of the AUAB! We always invite students to get involved in planning workshops and events, participating in putting together the first edition of our undergraduate journal, In Situ, and guiding the future of the AUAB. Involvement in the AUAB is a great way to get to know the wonderful students, professors and staff of the Anthropology Department, and to prepare to run for elections next semester.

AUAB committee proposals are now being accepted. Interested in holding an Anthro - themed film series? Leading a fieldtrip to New York? Contact Benjamin Laitman (laitman at sas dot upenn dot edu) with your ideas.

Also, the AUAB is still looking for 2 underclassmen Members at Large to serve as liaisons between the AUAB and the underclassmen plebeians (just kidding! but seriously - be a liaison!). If you are interested in this position, please contact the new Chair (see above).

Finally, thank you to last year's AUAB for your involvement. We wish all you seniors the very best next semester and beyond!


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Fall Reading Days Brunch and AUAB Leadership Elections!

Calling All Anthro Majors and Minors,

The AUAB is announcing a STUDY BREAK happening Tuesday, December 9th at 11 am in Rodin College House Mezzanine. Please feel free to join us for a bagel brunch and good anthropological company! Bring yourself, a friend, some notes to review, your laptop...and kick back with us for a while.

Also, the AUAB is holding ELECTIONS for the Spring 2009 Leadership. Even if you are brand new to the major or minor, energetic anthro-loving students should definitely email Serena (serena1230 at gmail dot com) with:
a) your name
b) your year
c) your preferred position (Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Co-chair of Events, Thesis Workshop, Summer Opportunities, Film) AND a brief (100 words or less) statement of interest
d) your other extracurricular involvement in Spring 2009

THE DEADLINE for notifying Serena is 12 PM Monday December 8th

We hope that you will come by to hang out! Best of luck on finals to all!


the AUAB

Monday, November 10, 2008

Colloquia: The Genealogical Imagination

The Genealogical Imagination: Junk-DNA in the Study of (Jewish) Origins.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Museum 345

Nadia Abu El-Haj
Department of Anthropology
Barnard College/Colombia University

Prof. Abu El-Haj has held fellowships at Harvard University's Academy for International and Area Studies, the University of Pennsylvania Mellon Program, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She is, in addition, a former Fulbright Fellow and a recipient of awards from the SSRC-McArthur Grant in International Peace and Security, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the National Endowment for the Humanities among others. Prior to her arrival at Barnard College and Columbia University she served on the faculty of the Anthropology Department at the University of Chicago.

In 2001 she published Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society (Chicago University Press), now in its second printing. In 2002 this book won the Middle East Studies Association's Albert Hourani Annual Book Award for the best book published on the Middle East that year (an honor it shared with Gershon Shafir and Yoav Peled's Being Israeli: the Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship).