At the initiative of the student organized and led Anthropology Club, the Department has begun a series of student and faculty presentations. The purpose of the series is to provide a regular time and place for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty affiliated with the Sociology and Anthropology programs to present works in progress and receive helpful feedback. These gatherings will enable both students and faculty to interact with one another in an informal manner in order to develop research projects, foster public engagement, and encourage publication. Typically, presenters are given between 15-20 minutes for their presentations and approximately 10 minutes for feedback (including questions) from the students and faculty in attendance. This allows us to schedule two presentations within an hour-long session. In the past, we’ve had up to three presenters during “crunch time” before a scheduled conference. Longer presentations may be arranged with the series coordinator (see contact below).

Where and when is it?

For Spring 2014, the series will be held from 2-3 PM on Fridays (except the break) in the Memorial Student Center, Room 2W10. This room is on the second floor to the left side of the building if entering from the main campus.



Who can attend?

Presentations are open to everyone.

Who can present?

Any undergraduate or graduate student, faculty member, or Marshall alumni affiliated with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Will there be food?

Yes.  We have snacks and drinks for you.

How can I sign up?

Contact Samantha Harvey (Spring 2014).  Arrangements should be made at least one week before the day of the presentation.

What do I need to have?

You will need to provide a title for the presentation as well as an abstract to the coordinator that describes the paper (and/or research) that you’re working on. You may also suggest a graphic (including source information or credit) to include on the promotional flyer that we’ll be produced to advertise the event. Please note that this is a work in progress series.  This means it is understood that work being presented is not finalized. You are presenting, at least in part, to receive feedback in order to further refine that work with the goal of presenting in a more formal setting and/or seeking a venue for publication.  As abstract writing can be a challenge for many, you may want to refer to a rather helpful set of guidelines from the Southwestern Anthropological Society.  Though intended for students submitting abstracts for the society’s annual conference, it is still generally applicable and useful for our purposes.


Spring 2014

14 March – WIP Session Twelve

Kevin Morris, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Samantha Harvey, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Fall 2013

13 November – WIP Session Eleven

Kim Dingess, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology at Indiana University  (BA Anthropology, Marshall U)

30 October – WIP Session Ten

Brian A. Hoey, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Marshall University

09 October – WIP Session Nine

Sarah Raine, BA/MA Candidate (Sociology)

25 September – WIP Session Eight

Chase Thacker, MA Candidate at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (BA Anthropology, Marshall U)

Meghan Howard (BA Anthropology, Marshall U)

18 September – WIP Session Seven

Farris Jackson, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Spring 2013

10 April – WIP Session Six

Johnna Baily, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

27 March – WIP Session Five

Kristy Henson, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Caitlin Greaf, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

13 March – WIP Session Four

Kim Dingess, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology at Indiana University  (BA Anthropology, Marshall U)

06 March – WIP Session Three

Farris Jackson, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Kevin Morris, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Sarah Adkins, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

27 February – WIP Session Two

Rachel Kling, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Heather Sprouse, MA Candidate (Sociology)

20 February – WIP Session One

Emily Cain, BA Candidate (Anthropology)

Autumn Crank, MA Candidate (Sociology; BA Anthropology, Marshall U)