Friday, September 10, 2010

Conference Presentation Opportunity for Students

This just in from Professor Andrew Gardner:

Students in the CSOC and IPE programs might be interested in the upcoming Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) conference, Seattle, March 29-April 1, 2010. This large conference convenes applied anthropologists, medical anthropologists, NGO-based practitioners, international development specialists, and a variety of other scholar/practitioners. Furthermore, the SfAA has a strong record of welcoming student presentations and posters, and has a variety of planned activities ideal for undergraduates. For those of you preparing a senior thesis, this would be an ideal place to present your findings come Spring. And for those of you with a developing interest in CSOC or IPE, the conference provides an ideal opportunity to see how your training might be applied both inside and outside academia.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

* You can learn more about the SfAA at, and more about the meeting through the "annual meeting" link on that page.

* If you would like to submit a paper or poster for presentation, the deadline for preparing your short abstract is October 15, 2010.

* You can get a good idea of how your potential paper or poster might fit in the conference by looking at last year's program from the meeting in Merida, Mexico. That program can be accessed at the bottom of the "annual meeting" page.

* The SfAA has a student committee made up of undergraduate students, and also plans a "Past Presidents Lunch" at which past presidents of the society meet with undergraduate students for lunch.

Overall, I have found the poster session to be an ideal forum for my undergraduate students, as they typically receive an enormous amount of attention and discussion in a fairly stress-free environment. If you're interested in learning more about the SfAA, I'd be happy to talk with you, send along a sample poster or paper, or help you through the submission process.

Best wishes,

Andrew M. Gardner, PhD.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Puget Sound

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