Current Anthropology Students
Georgia Southern has a thriving community of students with a passion for anthropology. Anthropology students get their hands dirty learning at one of three archeology sites (Camp Lawton, Mont Repose, and Fitzner). Anthropology students may also take their studies abroad, learning in places such as Botswana, Panama, and Ireland. Get involved by joining one of our two student groups (The Anthropological Society and Lambda Alpha) or taking advantage of the many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.
The Georgia Southern Anthropological Society is a student organization open to any student interested in anthropology. Dues are $5 per semester or $10 per year. The organization sponsors guest speakers (students, professors, and off-campus visitors who report on research and lead workshops). Field trips to archeological sites and regional anthropology conferences are organized, in addition
to service, social, and fund raising activities. Officers are elected at the end of the Fall semester. Find out more about the Anthropology Society on our Facebook Page.
Anthropological Society Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jared Wood
Lambda Alpha is the national honors organization for anthropology. To qualify for membership, undergraduate students must:
- Be a junior or senior
- Have completed at least 20 hours in the major
- Have a 3.0 or better general GPA
- Have a 3.3 or better GPA for anthropology courses taken at Georgia Southern University
Qualified students will be invited to join Lambda Alpha in the Spring semester of each academic year. GPA will be calculated through Fall semester grades, and invitations will be extended after the Department receives these grades and reviews the standing of juniors and seniors.
Lambda Alpha Faculty Advisor
Dr. Heidi Altman
Learn more about Lambda Alpha
Lambda Alpha is the international honors society for students of anthropology. The name, Lambda Alpha, comes from the initial letters of the Greek words logos anthropou, meaning the ‘study of man.’ The society was originally founded with the purpose of encouraging scholarship and research in anthropology. FIU was awarded the Epsilon chapter of Lambda Alpha in February 2010.Lambda Alpha has grown to include more than 170 chapters. The society provides funding for approved student activities, such as travel and professional conferences and seminars and the national chapter publishes Lambda Alpha Journals, which appears annually and is internationally distributed. The Journal is committed to reserving 50% of its content for student work.
- Lambda Alpha Awards and Grants: Lambda Alpha awards two national scholarships and international research grants annually. A $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating Senior majoring in anthropology. It also sponsors a Graduate Overseas Research Grant competition ($1,000 – $4,000). Only members who belong to chartered chapters are eligible to compete for these awards and grants.
- Lambda Alpha Journal: The Lambda Alpha Journal of Man reserves 50% of its space for student publications. This offers students an opportunity to have their work published in a respectable national journal.
- The Lambda Alpha stoles and pins should be ordered directly through the National Lambda Alpha office at least a month prior to your expected graduation. The order form can be found on this website. For further information, please contact Aldo Manresa, email@example.com.
The Outstanding Sociology and Anthropology Student
This annual honor is awarded to the student(s) who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to learning, a passion for scholarship, and devotion to serving their community. The nomination and selection process is conducted by the department faculty and the recipient is announced at the Honors Day Convocation.
2013: Leanne Dannacher and Celice Hosea
2012: Jordan Tompkins, Emily Detmer, and Leah Kozee
2011: Myles J. Mulkey, Sally A. Smith, and Justin Tyler Brannen
The Perscio Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology
The Victor, Rebecca, and Richard Perscio Scholarship in Anthropology is named in honor of the late Dr. Richard Perscio and his mother and father. Dr. Perscio was a beloved faculty in the Department and each year we honor his memory by awarding this scholarship to anthropology undergraduates who have demonstrated academic excellence, a commitment to scholarship, and the willingness to go above and beyond to serve their fellow students, the Department, and the community. The nomination and selection process is conducted by the anthropology faculty and the recipient is announced at the Honors Day Convocation.
2013: Kimberly Shattuck and Lillian Wingate
2012: Kacie Thorne and Leanne Dannacher
2011: Leanne N. Dannacher, Brittany L. Luberda, Stuart R. Tucker, Jordan N. Tompkins, Jennifer L. Williams, and Teri L. Wogan.
The Dr. Lee Rogers Berger Scholarship in Anthropology
The Dr. Lee Rogers Berger Scholarship in Anthropology was established in 2012 by Dr. Lee Rogers Berger and his mother, Rose Mae Millikan. Dr. Berger graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1989 with a degree in Anthropology/Archaeology and a minor in Geology. Dr. Berger is a paleoanthropologist, physical anthropologist and archaeologist and is best known for his discovery of Australopithecus sediba, the excavation the Rising Star Cave, his work on Australopithecus africanus body proportions and the Taung Bird of Prey Hypothesis. The scholarship is available to junior and senior anthropology majors who have maintained a 3.0 average. Eligible applicants must have declared their intent of graduate study or have begun the application process to seek a graduate degree in one of the following areas: Paleoanthropology, Biological anthropology, Physical anthropology, Hominin evolution, Evolutionary studies, Primate behavior, Primate studies, Faunal analysis, African zooarchaeology.
2018 – Danielle Richardson, Leigha Williams
2016 – Julia Sydney Thomas, Amanda M. Sexton
2015 – Amanda Shively
American Anthropological Association Resources
The American Anthropological Association has excellent resources for anthropology students. Are you thinking of going to graduate school? Want to get involved at the regional or national level? Want to learn more about what you can do after you graduate? Be sure to check out the American Anthropological Association’s undergraduate resource page.
Last updated: 8/9/2021