Abigail Rubio has been selected as the co-winner of the 2018 Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award
Each year the Department of Anthropology may award one or more students the Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award, named in honor of one of the founding professors (and former chair) of the department. This award, which includes $300 and naming on a plaque, recognizes students who contribute and/or have the potential to contribute in a significant way to solving problems using anthropological theories and methods. This can include volunteer work in communities and other extra-curricular activities as well as participation in research, internships, laboratories, or fieldwork courses that make a contribution to real world practice. This award will be given to students majoring in a subfield of anthropology who have achieved significant merit in practicing anthropology and have plans for future application of anthropology in the real world. Examples are applied research project, community outreach, formal internship, extraordinary experience. Awards will be based on academic excellence, depth and extent of praxis work, and the application statement.
For more information on the scholarship and to see past recipients, please visit https://anthro.appstate.edu/programs-study/scholarships-and-awards/dr-susan-e-keefe-practicing-anthropology-award
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"We live in a world that is growing more globally connected, and in order to create positive change, we must first develop a understanding of these connections and our position using critical thinking skills and the anthropological perspective. The faculty in our Anthropology Department have created an environment that encourages students to delve into their research and readings in order to develop individual perspectives and interests while cultivating a strong understanding for cultural diversity and the complex world in which we live. I am still learning new ways to use my anthropological perspective to reshape my conception of the world in order to develop new solutions to problems we face together. It is such an honor to be a recipient of the Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award. It serves as a reminder that anthropology, while not always a well known or popular field of study, can and will serve as a set of tools for future generations of active scholars to critically engage with their worlds." - Abigail Rubio
About the Department of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology offers a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience. The anthropological perspective provides a broad understanding of the origins as well as the meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the world – past, present and future. With nearly 200 undergraduate majors, the department offers numerous research opportunities for students including field schools, internships, lab projects and independent studies at home and abroad. Students may earn B.A. and B.S. degrees with concentrations in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and social practice and sustainability.
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The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, two stand-alone academic programs, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. Our values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of our students as global citizens. There are approximately 5,850 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at http://cas.appstate.edu
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Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.