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Anthropology Senior Troutman Awarded $5,000 Scholarship

Lambda Alpha, the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology, announced this week that Michele Troutman, a graduating senior in the Anthropology Department and member of the Epsilon of Pennsylvania chapter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was awarded its Senior Scholarship.

Michele was nominated for the award by Francis Allard, advisor for the IUP chapter, with the approval of the the Anthropology Department faculty. As part of the application process, Michele was required to submit two letters of recommendation by faculty members, a statement of future professional plans, and a sample of her professional writing from a publication or class project which was used to evaluate her writing skills. Her submission, “A Tale of Two Scribes: Scribes in the Aftermath of 18 Rabbit’s Sacrifice,” was a historical, fictionalized account of an archaeologically documented event at the Maya site of Copan.

Michele plans to attend graduate school at Binghampton University in Fall 2013. She participated in the McNair Scholars Program and the Anthropology Department Honors track and was the valedictorian of the Anthropology graduating class.

Michele Troutman at the SAA
Michele Troutman presenting a poster at the 2012 Society for American Archaeology annual meeting

Michele is the second IUP Anthropology student to receive a Lambda Alpha scholarship. In 2008, Megan Boyd, now a Ph.D. candidate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, was awarded the Charles Jenkins Scholarship, also a $5,000 award. Megan and Michele both graduated from the Robert H. Cook Honors college as well.

As of 2011, there were 170 Lambda Alpha chapters of record. The organization offers annual scholarships to students of anthropology as well as an annual magazine, half of which is reserved for student publications that pass a peer review process.

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