Undergraduate anthropology students may be selected to the University Scholars program, in which they work with a faculty mentor on a research project. Their work is then presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium through UF’s Center for Undergraduate Research.

University Scholars 2015-2016

Jose Abastida

  • Research Project: “Access to Emergency Care by Undocumented Immigrants”
  • Mentor: Dr. Ieva Jusionyte

Kristof Kertesz

  • Research Project: “Legacy of the Communist Past: Corruption in Eastern Europe”
  • Mentor: Dr. Edith Nagy

Savannah Mandel

  • Research Project: “Honor Thy Consumer”
  • Mentor: Dr. Richard Kernaghan

Melis Muradoglu

  • Research Project: “Effects of Chronic Oxytocin Administration on Cognitive Performance in Older Adults”
  • Mentor: Dr. Natalie Ebner

Domenique Sorresso

  • Research Project: “An Analysis of Style and Specialization of Weeden Island Effigy Vessels”
  • Mentor: Dr. Neill Wallis

Madeleine Yeakle

  • Research Project: “Osteological Analysis of the Weeden Island burial component at Bayshore Homes, St. Peterburg, Florida”
  • Mentor: Dr. John Krigbaum

Funding Awards 2015-2016

  • Myrian Barboza was selected as the recipient of a Ruth McQuown Scholarship Supplementary Award for a graduate student at the University of Florida

  • Michelle Eusebio and Alissa Jordan have been awarded CLAS Dissertation Fellowship Awards.
  • Jeff Vadala has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Award for his dissertation research.  Jeff is studying the caching events at the Mesoamerican site of Cerros in Belize, both from the pre-monumental house contexts and the later monuments.  He will use the funds for  radiocarbon dating all the caches, and will do a Bayesian analysis alongside the dates to try to fine-tune the chronology. He will interpret the caching events using his 3D reconstruction of the architecture.

  • Peter Rej was awarded a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant fall 2015.
  • Ben Burgen and Donald Underwood are recipients of Fulbright-Hays DDRA Awards! Don also received a NSF DDIG and Ben received a Graduate School Doctoral Research Award.
  • Jamie Lee Marks has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.

  • Michelle Eusebio has been awarded both a NSF DDIG and a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Award.

  • Jamie Lee Marks has been awarded an SSRC-IDRF for her dissertation research on urban transit reform in Lima.

  • Allysha Winburn received a $15,000 P.E.O. scholar award from the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

  • Chris Clukay has been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  Reviewers were very impressed with his chemistry/humanities undergraduate background and the unique look at the effects of war he takes in his proposal.  Congratulations to Chris!

Publications and Presentations 2015-2016

  • Graduate student Mia Carey and UF Alum Ruth Trocoli were on the news in January 2016 for their work on the Yarrow Mamout Project, the archaeology of a late 18th and early 19th century free-black Muslim who lived in Georgetown, DC. 

  • Scott Macrae and colleagues have published “The Last Groups Standing: Living Abandonment at the Ancient Maya Center of Minanha, Belize” in the December 2015 edition of Latin American Antiquity.

  • Marlon Carranza and a fellow colleague have had a report published by The World Bank about violence in Honduras: Berg, Louis Alexandre; Carranza, Marlon. 2015. Crime, violence, and community-based prevention in Honduras : research report. Justice, security, and development series. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. 

  • JD Pampush – Selection played a role in the evolution of the human chin. Journal of Human Evolution.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S004724841500024X  

  • Deborah Andrews: North versus South America: An Investigation into the Relationship between Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) and Goosefoot (Chenopodium berlandieri) for Global Solutions. In Congreso Cientifico Internacional de Quinua y Granos Andinos. Ritva Repo de Carrasco ed. Peru: Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. (2014, recently released)

Other Awards 2015-2016

  • Mia Carey and colleagues Ruth Trocoli,, Charde Reid, Charlie Lee Decker, were awarded the Mark E Mack Community Engagement Award at SHA.  Congratulations to Mia and friends!
  • Paulette McFadden was awarded a UF Graduate Student Teaching Award for her success at teaching General Anthropology.
  • Allysha Winburn was chosen for a 2015 Graduate Student Teaching Award.  Allysha was selected for her excellence in teaching Human Osteology.

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 Department Award Winners!

John M. Goggin Award:

Myrian Barboza, Elise Geissler, Jandy Gu, and Susan Lad

William R. Maples Award:

Michala Stock

Amaya-Burns Award:

Iliana Villegas

James C. Waggoner Grant-in-Aid:

Nicolas Delsol, Nathan Lawres, Megan LeBlanc, Taylor Polvadore and Sarah Zaleski


We wish all of the winners much success during this phase of their graduate careers!

UF Alumni Ed Gonzalez-Tennant’s work in Rosewood, FL was recently featured by WFSU. See the link below to read the article:


SEAC Lifetime Achievement Awards

William Harrison Marquardt: Bill received his PhD in 1974 from Washington University in St. Louis. He has spent much of his career in Southeastern archaeology with forays into the US Southwest and in France. He is currently the John S. and James L. Knight Curator of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography at the Florida Museum of Natural History, as well as Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Paleoenvironmental Studies at the University of Florida, and founder and Director of the Randell Research Center.

Bill has worked in Southeastern archaeology since his undergraduate years and has made lengthy and continuous contributions to Southeastern archaeology and SEAC since the late 1960s. His lengthy list of publications includes book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, CRM reports, major monographs, and co-authored volumes, many of which illuminate the archaeology of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

Bill’s interdisciplinary research was especially praised by colleagues who wrote in support of his award nomination. He is truly an interdisciplinary scholar who regularly works with botanists, faunal analysts, geologists, and geophysicists to expand our understanding of prehistory, coastal environments, climate change, and interactions of humans with their environments.

He also excels at public education and outreach. As a museum anthropologist, Bill’s efforts to properly curate collections of major research value have made them accessible to a wide range of professionals, while his efforts to preserve and interpret sites have made them accessible to the general public. This aspect of Bill’s career has been recognized throughout Florida with the bestowal of numerous awards.

Bill has devoted countless hours to research and public outreach efforts at the Pineland site on Pine Island, Florida, where he helped secure the property for protection by the State of Florida. Today the interpretive Calusa Trail and the Randell Research Center educational complex introduce almost 9,000 visitors annually to the site, with its remarkable Calusa mounds and canals, and provide a focus for scholarly research and archaeological preservation in southwestern Florida.Photo of diploma plaque given to Dr. William H. Marquardt.

Bill has been devoted to SEAC throughout his lifelong career in archaeology. He was the first editor of our organization’s professional journal, Southeastern Archaeology. He has encouraged young scholars to present their work at SEAC and has organized numerous symposia over the years. And he has served on the Native American Liaison Committee and was Chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee.

In summary, Bill’s interdisciplinary and collaborative research, thoughtful theoretical interpretations of past human societies of the Southeast, his leadership roles in public education and outreach, and his work as an institution-builder make William H. Marquardt a very deserving recipient for SEAC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.



Connie Mulligan was elected as VP/President-elect of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics at the AAPA meetings

Myrian Barboza was selected as the recipient of a Ruth McQuown Scholarship Supplementary Award for a graduate student at the University of Florida