Welcome to the Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) webpage.
AGSA (ponounced /ægsə/) brings together Anthropology graduate students for the purpose of aiding in their professional development within the discipline. AGSA's Speakers Bureau invites scholars to give public lectures related to the interests of the department and fundraises to be able to afford these events (find a list of past lecturers here). AGSA also coordinates professional development workshops with graduate students and faculty on topics of interest to current graduate students.
To learn more about current graduate students in Anthropology at OU, check out the student mini-biographies on our Students page (located here). Find more information on grant opportunities, graduate student rights and responsibilities, and other important information to OU Anthropology graduate student life here.
If you have any questions about AGSA, please e-mail one of our officers (their information is found on the Officers page, located here).
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AGSA Member News
April 19, 2016: Kelly LaFramboise won the Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellowship to support completion of her dissertation, which is titled "The Wish to be a Red Indian: 'Indianthusiasm,' National Identity, and Racial Ideologies in Germany and Poland.” Her research focuses on the historic and contemporary relationships between the popular European hobby of "playing Indian" and Central European ontologies of nation, race, and ethnicity in Germany and Poland, especially following WWII and the Holocaust.
Fieldwork for this project takes place throughout Germany with sponsorship by and collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and in Krakow, Katowice, and Warsaw, Poland with sponsorship by the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum Archives and Library. Kelly will be working with ethnohistorians from across the globe on a collaborative study of representations of victims and victim cultures decades or centuries following genocides.
Kelly’s mentors for this work include Dr. Sean O’Neill, Dr. Misha Klein, Dr. Gus Palmer, and Dr. Asa Randall.
April 19, 2016: PhD student Janessa Doucette was recently awarded a $25K grant from NSF EPSCoR for dissertation research on the Oklahoma Educators Evolve Program!
The grant supports free workshops offered to 500+ Oklahoma public school teachers (one from every district, we hope). The workshops include field sessions where my team (made up of OU grad student volunteers from our department, from the museum, and from the biology department) takes teachers to sites in Oklahoma where they can collect fossils and other specimens for their classrooms, as well as learn about local geology firsthand; we also have indoor workshop sessions where we do hands-on activities to bring teachers up to speed on the latest science (especially in evolution and climate change). The activities are designed to suit Oklahoma teachers' non-existent budgets and they take home many helpful resources for their own classrooms.
We are serving teachers from all over the state who teach everything from preschool to AP high school biology, as well as pre-service teachers (undergrads who get basically zero science training). I started this program as a response to teacher fears about the new Oklahoma Academic Standards that will begin to replace Common Core this year. Many teachers are going to be teaching evolution for the first time, and we are giving them the tools to do so. The research component of this project is data collection in the form of surveys, participant observation, and interviews. I am trying to find out what kinds of science anxieties teachers have in Oklahoma, and what challenges they face in doing their jobs. I am using anthropological approaches to cosmologies and science in order to help teachers communicate with students. Teachers get state-certified professional development credit from the workshops as well.
Many grad students from our department are volunteering to help me out with this, which has been tremendously helpful. They develop and teach the workshop sessions themselves, and/or drive vehicles and help lead the fossil collecting trips. Here's a link to what we're doing and where to register: http://occc.edu/coe/teacher-workshops.html