Megan Bond, of Nazareth, a May graduate of IUP's anthropology program and a member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College, is the 2008 recipient of the $5,000 National Lambda Alpha Charles Jenkins Scholarship. Only one senior nationwide is selected for this award each year.

Lambda Alpha is the only national honorary society for anthropology and has 165 chapters across the country.

Bond's application included letters of recommendation, a statement of professional goals, and a manuscript based on her original research, which will be published in the Lambda Alpha journal. Her research focused on the adjustment process that students from Bangalore, India, experienced after coming to IUP to study.

Previously, Bond participated in an ethnographic field school in Peru, which resulted in her presenting several papers regionally and at the international meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Memphis, Tenn. While at IUP, she has also participated in a study-abroad program in Valladolid, Spain, and the Anthropological Study Odyssey to Belize and Guatemala.

Bond graduated from IUP with a 4.0 grade-point average. In the fall, she will begin the doctoral program in cultural anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she has received a full scholarship and teaching assistantship.