Students and Faculty Impress Judges at the 2023 UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium

Congratulations are in order for all those who participated in the 15th Annual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium! The Department of Anthropology had seven students and three faculty members participate this year, one of our largest cohorts yet. The symposium celebrates the collaborations of our undergraduate students with our research-active faculty and staff. Students who have received Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) awards during the year are expected to present some outcomes of their work at this event and many of them presented papers or posters.

SURF Students Rachel Stewart, Emily Braun, and Samantha Danczyk (from left to right)

SURF students working with Dr. Shannon Freire focused on different aspects of the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery project such as osteology, demography, data management and story mapping.

SURF students working with Dr. Jean Hudson and Dr. Emily Middleton were part of project focused on experimental archaeology and taphonomy. Students involved include: Taylor Rynish, David Shaw, Abbie LaChance, and Anissa Zaske. You can find detailed descriptions of their projects on Dr. Middleton’s blog. 

Award Winners

Rachel Stewart and Dr. Shannon Freire show off their awards

Undergraduate Researcher, Rachel Stewart, was awarded an Outstanding Presentation Award for her project, “After Excavation: Public Access & Data Management at the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery”

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dr. Shannon Freire, won the Mentor of the Year award for the dedication and support she provided to her SURF students. Eighteen others were nominated.

Click Here for a list of all Anthropology student project abstracts.