Autumn Melby selected for the 2018 Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior in Anthropology

Autumn Melby has been selected for the 2018 Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior in Anthropology. Every year the department faculty select an outstanding graduating senior or seniors to receive this honor. In addition to having their name engraved on a plaque, the winner also receives a $500 award.

Dr. L. Jill Loucks (1953-1982) was a dedicated archaeologist and member of the faculty for three years before her untimely death. Her parents and friends created an endowment to help recognize superlative achievement amongst eligible graduating students by presenting them with the Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior. 

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"I am incredibly grateful and humbled to receive the 2018 Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior in Anthropology. The past four years as a member of the Anthropology Department have been some of the most important and memorable in my development as both a growing scholar and individual. The study of anthropology is so critically important in our society and encourages both critical thought and empathy when considering our fellow humans, and I am proud to be part of this incredible field of study. The Anthropology Department faculty has been unwavering in supporting me in my department projects outside the classroom, and in the development of my own independent research. I cannot thank them enough for their encouragement and guidance, as I surely would not be where I am today without them. It is incredibly bitter-sweet to be graduating from this department in May. The proceeds from this award will support my next endeavor of pursuing a doctoral degree in Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania this coming fall." - Autumn Melby

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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Published: Apr 2, 2018 2:06pm