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Awards for Fort Leonard Wood Staff

Recently, Center for Archaeology staff at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri were awarded Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards for Cultural Resource Management and Environmental Quality. These awards reflect highly on Fort Leonard Wood and the Texas State University staff at the installation. 

Our Fort Leonard Wood staff include:

  • Stephanie Nutt (Cultural Resources)
  • Judy Harmon (Clean Water Act)
  • Heather Williams (Clean Water Act)
  • Kimberly Snouffer (Clean Water Act)
  • Jeffry Lamb (Clean Water Act)
  • Randall Willis (GIS)
  • Patricia Littleton (National Environmental Policy Act)
  • Joe Proffitt (Natural Resources)

The Fort Leonard Wood staff do wonderful work and these awards reflect their dedication to cultural resource and environmental preservation.

Master's Student Wins Travel Award

Master's student, Stephanie Medrano (mentor Spradley), won a Pollitzer Student Travel Award for $500 to present her paper, Postcranial sex estimation for unidentified migrants along the U.S. Southern Border, at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists conference in April. Well done, Stephanie!

Outstanding Anthropology Students Awards

The faculty are proud to announce the Outstanding Anthropology Students for 2020:

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Major – Anneke Paterson
  • Outstanding Master’s Student – McKensey Miller
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student – Courtney Siegert
Society for Historical Archaeology's Diversity Field School Award

Congratulations to Todd, Ashley and Nick who won the Diversity Field School Award from the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (Society for Historical Archaeology) for their NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates field school in the Caribbean on the island of St. Eustatius. This award recognizes field schools offering “archaeological practices that foster diversity in research objectives, perspectives, and participation.” The Gender and Minority Affairs Committee “recognizes that diversity is multi-dimensional and thus ‘inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and socio-economic background.’”

Their field school offers a wide range of research opportunities and topics for the students in archaeology, bioarchaeology, and geophysics. Todd, Ashley and Nick strive to include students from a variety of backgrounds. From their field school nomination form: “Between June 2018 and December 2019, 20 undergraduate and 3 graduate students have participated in the field school. Within our goal of providing research opportunities for women and racial and ethnic minorities, 65% of the undergraduate students identified as racial and ethnic minorities, 80% were women, half were first generation college students, and roughly 40% of the students started their studies at a community college. Five undergraduate students would be considered “non-traditional” in that they did not immediately attend college after graduating high school.”

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