This year we have two undergraduate interns working in the Campus Archaeology Program lab. These two students both attended the summer 2019 archaeological field school. Below you can read a little more about them! Reid Ellefson-Frank is an undergraduate student at MSU working towards a …
If you’ve been following the blog you may have noticed the many interesting artifacts, mostly bottles, found during the Brody Hall and Emmons Amphitheater area excavations. Since the Brody complex is built above the old East Lansing Landfill, these excavations provided us with an array …
To be part of the Campus Archaeology team had been a goal of mine since my very first month on campus. I remember one of my professors taking out class on a walk to one of CAPs excavations and I found it really intriguing. As a busy college student, my time with Campus Archaeology would come four years later. I graduated in the summer of 2013 and was lucky enough to be part of the Summer Survey crew before I left campus. The time I spent with CAP helped me build a perspective on how important cultural heritage and public archaeology are to society.
As a double major, (Environmental Studies/Anthropology), my college years were spent trying to find a way to merge my two passions. After I graduated, this remained the case. I took some time off to organize my thoughts and aspirations, while also exploring career fields where both my interests would be involved. Currently, I will be starting a job as a Research Support Specialist with The Henry Ford. I will be working in the Benson Ford Research Center helping with the maintenance of their collections. My time with CAP definitely helped me obtain this position.
There are some similarities between my CAP experience and my new place of employment. As a museum, The Henry Ford’s collection captures the traditions and lifestyles surrounding American innovation. It explores the evolution of American industry. With CAP, we used the archaeological collection, as well as the archives, to gain a better understanding of the traditions and lifestyles that have taken place on MSU’s ever-evolving campus throughout the years. Also, I think another important CAP experience that has helped me get a job with a museum like The Henry Ford is CAP’s commitment to public outreach. With any major museum, public outreach is an extremely important skill/experience to have.
I am also part of a Graduate Certificate program in Forest Carbon Science at MSU. It looks at the relationship between forest management and climate change. I will hopefully be beginning a dual Master’s program in Fall 2015. I am interested in Natural Resource Management and Public Policy. Overall, my goals are to become a leader in the field of cultural and natural resource conservation. My time with CAP is fundamental to helping me achieve that goal. Lastly, learning about the history and working on the CRM projects through CAP allowed me to build a deeper connection to MSU.
As well as having new grad student research team, we also have a new group of undergraduate interns for this fall semester. Meet William, Eve and Paige! William: I’m William Holt, a fourth year student of anthropology at Michigan State University. I participated in the …
Over the past year, Campus Archaeology has had 6 undergraduate researchers work with our program in an official capacity. Each intern worked on a research project, ranging from site reports to archival research to investigating new forms of public engagement. This past Friday, Jennifer Allen, Patricia Cashen, Jeff Gepper, David Lewandowski, and Jamie Patrick Henry all presented papers or posters about their research projects at the MSU Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. They were all well received, and we will begin this week to start showing you what they presented.
Of particular note, Jeff and Dan both were awarded with first prizes for their posters. Jeff worked with MSU Physical Plant and the MSU Archives to develop overlays of historical maps on the current maps, allowing us to better identify locations of structures that have been destroyed. Dan worked on examining the cache of bottles found underneath Brody Hall, developing a historical sequence for that space.
Over the next couple of months, we are planning on putting this research up on our website for you all to see. Congratulations again to our student researchers for all their hard work!
The Campus Archaeology Program is looking for applicants to become the Campus Archaeology Program Summer Intern. The successful applicant will have a completed an archaeological field school, and be available for the entire summer. Duties will include working with the Campus Archaeology Program on historical …
The MSU Campus Archaeology Program is looking for one undergraduate intern for the spring of 2010. The intern will have numerous responsibilities, including working in the lab, excavations, public engagement about findings, and engaging in a special research project. The intern will be responsible for …
Although it has taken a while for them to get up, we wanted to introduce our three new interns for the fall semester: Jeff Gepper, Jen Allen, and David Lewandowski. All three are undergraduate students at MSU, and each offers a unique skill set that we are putting to use this semester. Jeff is learning about GIS mapping, and will be putting together a site map of West Circle Drive. Jen is a double History/Anthropology Major, and has been working on getting ready for the demolition of Morrill Hall. David has experience working in public archaeology, and has been diligently working on putting together historical data about College Hall, which he will be turning into a final report about that project. Please click on these links to see their introductory blog posts over at the Intern Blog. Make sure to ask them some good, tough questions!!
We also have a professorial assistant this semester, named Patricia Cashen. An Anthropology Major, Patricia is working on developing an ethnohistory of the early college from a student perspective, particularly their descriptions of daily life and their interactions with the landscape.
Lastly, two graduate students are working on special projects this year. Joann Wallace, a first year graduate student, is working on developing a model for prehistoric sites at Michigan State University. Grace Krause, another first year graduate student, will be working on a project relating to food consumption at the early college.
Welcome to the new students working with Campus Archaeology!!