Alicia Rich studied primates in Kenya INTERNSHIP STUDYING MONKEYS Alicia Rich studied primates in a forest in Kenya through an internship. She is now pursuing a PhD in primatology.

What's Happening for Anthropology Majors

Anthropology majors can engage in many activities outside of the classroom, further enriching their enthusiasm for Anthropology.

Anthropology Club

Formed fifteen years ago, the Anthropology Club is one of the most active student organizations on campus, and an ideal way for undergraduate students to gain valuable information about anthropology and to learn about career opportunities.

Its bi-monthly meetings include planning sessions for activities and a variety of guest lectures. Members attend professional meetings, including the Northeastern Anthropological Association, Society for Applied Anthropology, Society for American Archaeology, and American Anthropological Association conferences.

Students have also presented papers at the State System's annual University Undergraduate Anthropology Meetings.

Activities have included an ethnographic film series, bringing an important Smithsonian photographic exhibit to IUP, field trips to museums and historic sites, gathering data for a tobacco cessation study, implementing interdisciplinary Day of the Dead celebrations, and guest lectures.

Archaeological Services Research Center

Over the last 15 years, this research center based in the Anthropology Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has conducted more than $5,000,000 in

projects and provided technical assistance to agencies as diverse as the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Indiana County, township planning commissions, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the National Park Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Pittsburgh District, and the Allegheny National Forest.

The center is fully staffed to conduct field and laboratory projects with personnel computers, GPS units, a Nikon Total Data Station, Arc View and Map Info software mapping packages, and geophysical instruments including ground-penetrating radar, magnetometers, gradiometers, magnetic susceptibility instruments, and electrical resistivity. Archaeological Services offers a variety of part-time employment and volunteer opportunities for students.


Anthropology internships have included studying tumbilis (Swahili for blue monkeys) in the forests of western Kenya, working in the museum laboratory at the Smithsonian Institution, working in forensic laboratories, easing the transition for immigrants new to the United States, and helping staff members in human service agencies.

Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute

Run by faculty from the Anthropology Department, the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI) is among the first institutes in the country to utilize the expertise of treatment programs and a university to provide high-quality training in the fields of chemical dependency and associated problems, as well as to develop and coordinate intramural and extramural research projects while providing research and training experience for students entering the field.

MARTI was founded in 1988 at IUP by Dr. Robert J. Ackerman, co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.