May 23, 2011

Anthropology students earn awards, honors

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Several anthropology students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale closed out their academic year on a high note with awards and honors.

Seth Russell, a junior from Carterville, is the third winner of the Kate Burkhart Archaeology Scholarship. Russell, a member of the Tohono O’dham Nation, a native people originally inhabiting an area of the Southwest, plans to study the history of culture of the Tohono O’dham Nation, particularly in the context of his interest generally in ancient religion, society and semiology. At present, Russell is focused on archaeometry, the application of physical and biological sciences to archaeology and art history, with his faculty mentor, Izumi Shimada.

The Department of Anthropology also awarded the following:

Excellence in Anthropology Senior Award -- High Honors:

• Laurel D. Dillon-Sumner, Carbondale

• Andrew T. Wagner, Forest Park

Excellence in Anthropology Senior Award -- Honors

• Kerri A. Gregory, Murphysboro

• Ashley A. Sheehan, Crystal Lake

• Travis Alan Rogers, Anna

• Hiroko Nagashima, Carbondale

Outstanding Junior in Anthropology

• Kelsey A. Berryhill, Rock Island

Outstanding Sophomore in Anthropology

• Emma N. Kirby, El Paso