Immersion at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University has developed Immersion Vanderbilt, providing students with experiential learning opportunities to immerse themselves in a passion project. Anthropological bioarchaeology and forensics are well suited to this kind of hands-on engagement, and my labwork and fieldwork, both on Vanderbilt campus and in Peru, will give students a unique opportunity to participate in research, creative projects, and/or travel, while also creating meaningful moments and lasting works for themselves and for others. The Immersion opportunities that I offer easily align with two of the four Immersion Pathways: Research or International, particularly as they relate to my bioarchaeological research in Peru. Students interested in the Civic and Professional pathway may develop a course plan or fieldwork opportunity with me that dovetails with my work on forensics, international human rights, and ministries of justice (e.g., forensic work aimed at identifying victims of genocide and war). One of the goals of Immersion Vanderbilt is to aid students in identifying meaningful and impactful paths of inquiry and experience. See here for a detailed description of one such project.

Immersion projects should be the equivalent of 9 credits, though the 9 credits need not be formal coursework. Some of the credits may take the form of fieldwork or labwork in which no formal course registration is required. Specific Immersion Projects with me might include some combination of the following:

  1. Take a course, such as Human Osteology (Anth 3372) or Health & Disease in Ancient Populations (Anth 4373) [Each course is 3 credits.]
  2. One or both of those courses will provide you with the required skills and training to then participate in a field season in Peru or a focused study of skeletons or hominid fossil casts in the Human Osteology Teaching Lab. It also provides the foundational training to be considered for an internship in my Bioarchaeology & Stable Isotope Research Lab (BSIRL).
  3. Any combination of coursework and labwork or fieldwork noted in Points 1 and 2 above should culminate in a final project, such as:
    1. a presentation at a professional academic conference or the Vanderbilt Research Fair;
    2. a Senior Honors Thesis;
    3. an outreach project (e.g., public presentation in a local school or to a civic club);
    4. a video (on that link, scroll down to Sebastain Rogers’ older video entitled, Bioarchaeology Research Trip in Ayacucho, Peru);
    5. A publication in VURJ or in a peer-reviewed journal, or an edited volume;
    6. Other creative final projects will also be considered.

To see other Immersion Project possibilities in Anthropology, see this link. For funding opportunities to support an Immersion Project, see here.