High School Interns

Terrance Loewl | he/him

Terrance is smiling into the camera. He is wearing a blue collared shirt and a white suit jacket with gray lines making a square pattern. He has short brown hair. There are two white walls making a corner. Both of the walls have wooden doors with printouts on them.


Terrance has been interning with Dr. Tung since January of 2017. He aspired to be a Forensic Anthropologist and was thrilled to find an opportunity so closely related to his career goal. The projects he has worked on with Professor Tung and Natasha Vang have made it the internship of a lifetime. He has learned the importance of record keeping through data entry, collected articles for Dr. Tung, and helped out around the Osteology Lab and Stable Isotope Lab. He has gotten hands-on experience with each part of the isotope analysis process. In the fall semester of 2018, he was authorized to audit a university course–Human Osteology, taught by Professor Tung. In that course, he has been getting into the nitty gritty of skeletal and dental anatomy and bioarchaeological analysis and is thrilled beyond words. In the spring of 2019, he audited Ancient Health and Disease in Indigenous Populations. Recently, he planned an event titled “Filling In the Blanks: Combating LGBTQ+ Erasure Through Archaeology,” hosted in the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt. You can learn more about his project on his website. He graduated from Big Picture High School in May of 2019 and plans to pursue a degree in anthropology. He is going to attend University of Tennessee Chattanooga and major in anthropology. While he is unsure what his focus will be, he can’t wait to see where the field takes him.


Web is standing outside and looking to the left of the photo. The building behind him is green and has a tin roof. Web is wearing a long sleeved black shirt. He has short brown hair.

Web Arnold


Web was a student at Hillsboro High School in Nashville. He interned through the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV). He traveled to Ayacucho, Peru with Dr. Tung in 2015. He is now attending Beloit College and considering a major in linguistic anthropology.


Molly Shae

Molly sitting outside on a bench behind a table with a mound of dirt on it. She has a thin wooden tool in her hand and is reaching into the pile with the other. There are two tan trays close to her with bone fragments on either side of her reaching arm. There is a blue book laid face down on the white table cloth. Moly is wearing a black t shirt with a white undershirt. Her brown hair is in a ponytail.


Molly was a high school student at Hillsboro High School. She was able to intern through a Vanderbilt program called Research Experience for High School Students (VU-REHSS). She assisted in the early days of the Grassmere project. She graduated California State University Northridge in 2019 with a degree in Anthropology as well as Gender and Women’s Studies. She has excavated in Idaho on a prehistoric site. She is deciding what’s next for her in the field.