The Department of Anthropology provides motivated undergraduate majors with an opportunity to conduct research and/or independent study on a topic of their choice and to write an Undergraduate Thesis formally presenting the results. The option of writing an Undergraduate Thesis is available to any undergraduate Anthropology major. The Department of Anthropology encourages students to do original research for the Undergraduate Thesis, but a substantial library-based synthesis of an important theme in Anthropology is sufficient. Undergraduates have many opportunities to get hands-on experience in Anthropology courses, especially laboratory, field, computer, and Academically Based Community Service courses offered by the Department. Students also have opportunities to work on research projects directed by Anthropology faculty, curators at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), researchers and staff, or advanced graduate students.

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Submissions from 2007

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The Genetic History of the Karachay, Aslihan Sen

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West Harlem on Their Minds: Mapping Power, Identity and Inclusion in a Changing Neighborhood, Shakirah Simley

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The Social Context of Legislating N.A.G.P.R.A., Barbara Clare Tarpey

Submissions from 2006

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Sport, Community, and the Ballgame at Yalbac, Belize, Joanne P. Baron

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Diqdiqqah, A Suburb of Ur, Justin Bracken

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Diabetes in the U.S. Asian-Indian Population: Finding Answers in Diet and Lifestyle, Teenu Cherian

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At a Social Crossroads: Navajo Healing and Western Biomedicine, Rogette Esteve

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Markers of Identity: A Study of Pennsylvania German Gravestones in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Emily M. Lanza

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Evolution and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), R Erik Malmgren-Samuel

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Preserving Heritage: Indigenous Rights and Traitional Knowledge, Mariel Murray

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Him-Dak: Contextualizing the Diabetes Experience of American Indians, Hannah Park

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And Then I Was as One Who Hath a Key and Doth Open. An Ethnography of Silence: The Meeting for Worship of the Religious Society of Friends, Adhiraj Parthasarathy

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Development, Power and Movements: A Comparative Case Study of Communities and Empowerment, Lisa Patterson

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Identity, Relationships and Culture in the Camden County Jail, Alison Peters

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Ornamentation and Intercultural Contact in the Early Bronze Age: A Priliminary Study of the Beads of Ras Al-Jinz, Oman, Sarah Peterson

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The Evolution of the Human Brain and Modern Society, Simon Tan

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Frostbite and the Skeletal Remains of Native Alaskans, Emilie Zoltick

Submissions from 2005

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Misproduction as Body: Examining the Psychological and Medicalized Experience of Female Factor Infertitlity, Tiffany Star Behringer

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Fun, Folly or Development? Attitudes and Impacts on Women of Participation in Brazilian Samba Schools and Carnival, Cristina E. Coirolo

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Medical Systems in a Small Town, Anna Halse-Stumberg

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Is There an Explanatory Model for Depression Among Older Adults?, Alyssa Michele Rubinstein

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The Production of Authenticity in Thamel, Nepal, Amanda Smith

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Understanding Motivations for Bariatric Surgery. Developing a Cultural Model, Poornima Vanguri

Submissions from 2004

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Changing Paradigms of the One-Child Policy: Understanding the Cultural Model of Reproduction and Family Roles Among Chinese Immigrant Women, Tiffany Star Behringer

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In Their Own Voices: A Comparison of Three Native-Run Museums, Bianca Buccitelli

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Staying the Course: Adherence to Depression Treatment Among Older Primary Care Patients, Christine Frauenhoffer

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We Can Work It Out: National Trends in Repatriation Since the Passage of NAGPRA in 1990, Reva Glassman

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Building and Engaged World Citizenship: A World Culture Initiative, Janel C. Grant

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Cultures in Conflict: The Compulsory Population Exchange Between Greece and Turkey, Julie A. Hanlon

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BACHATA: Identity Transmission Through a Dominican Popular Music, Sara Heaton

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Fertility Prayers: An Analysis of Female Figurines in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Israel, Sarah Koplik

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The Effect of Regional Environment on Global Cranial Variation, Jason Lewis

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Comparison of Dietary Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease Among Different Groups of Chinese Americans, Maggie Phan

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Undocumented Mexican Immigrants in Philadelphia: Migration, Assimilation, and Attitudes Toward Language Acquisition, Rita Rodriguez

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Ethnography of Dorm Life. Case Study: Fisher Hassenfeld, James Schneider

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Motivation and the Emergence of Dating in 20th Century America, Belinda Wilson

Submissions from 2003

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Violence and Intercommunity Conflict, Kevin Brown

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Ethnicity and State-Society: Conflict in Modern Afghanistan, Sahar M. Ghazanfar

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Legitimacies of Justice: NASA Communities, The State, and Legal Pluralism in Northern Cauca, Colombia, Ana Maria Gomez Lopez

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Genetics Versus Culture, Linguistics and History as Seen in the Jirels of Nepal, Marisa Alyn Groveman

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Food and Culture: An Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigation of Shellfish Consumption on Nacula Island, Fiji, Kelila Jaffe

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Anthropology and the Globalized World: An Examination of the Process of Globalization as it has Affected the Nature of Culture and Anthropology, Garrett Kennedy

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From Savage to Criminal: How French Colonial Assimilationist Attitudes and Policies Continue to the Modern Day, Katarzyna Kubin

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Foreign and Indigenous Ideological Influences on the Hellenistic Terracotta Figurine Tradition of Central Asia, Marie Langin-Hooper

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The Philadelphia Hardcore Scene: A Culture of Choice, David Pacifico

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Farmers' Markets in Philadelphia: Rehumanizing the Urban Landscape, Alana Marie Rose

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Knowledge, Power and Choice: Understanding Women's Fertility, Contraceptive Use and Sterilization in the Dominican Republic, Mara Saunders

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Cultural Evolution: A Search for Culture in Animals, Piper Silverman

Submissions from 2002

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Changing Traditions: Navajo Weaving and the Germantown Renaissance, Christine M. Bare

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Hepatitis C and Philadelphia's Fire Fighters: A Union's Role in the Conceptualization of an Illness, Leah Ferrucci

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A God-Shaped Hole: Evangelical Women's Strategies for Maintaining Purity in the Face of Secular Dating Culture, Jessica Campbell Henderson

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Miracle as Placebo Effect: Catholicism, Biomedicine and the Realm of Healing, Gerianne Elizabeth Kauffman

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The Cultural Reorganization of Time; French Revolutionary Calendar and Jacques Louis David, Eileen Bailey Landon Weinsten

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The Effect of Sex-Roles and Sexual Orientation on Perceived Jealousy Type, Jasmine Maldonado

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Toward a Comparative Analysis of Etruscan and Levantine Maritime Technology, Anna Momigliano

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Indigenous Choice in the Global Sphere, Michael Newman

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Social and Cultural Adaptations and Mechanisms for Cultural Maintenance Among English Language Learners at the English Language Programs of The University of Pennsylvania, Carianne Swanson

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The History of Joseph Johns and an Examination of the Potential For Archaeological Excavations on the Site of his Former Residence, Katharine R. Welch

Submissions from 2001

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Obsidian Quarries in Melos, Greece & Their Effect on the Economy of the Agean Sea, Jessica Allen

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"La Patria" Es Una Mujer: Interpreting Representations of Women in Post-Revolutionary Cuban Cinema, Alicia Blum-Ross

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Monumental Structures and Urbanism: Tell Es-Sweyhat in the Early Third Millennium B.C.E., Frank Il Hwan Cho

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The Spread of HIV/AIDS in African American Communities of Philadelphia: Culturally Specific Perspectives on HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education and Counseling Strategies, Danielle K. Costo

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"Bolivia in Miniature:" Clientelism in University Politics and Implications for Democracy in Bolivia, Evelyn Dean

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Cultural Considerations in International Product Marketing, Eric Epstein

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Wise Women's Health: Constructing "Wholism", Annie Farmer

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No Disease Is an Island: An Anthropological Perspective on the Transmission of HIV, Tara Goecks

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Getting to Know Me: Personal Resynthesis in a New Culture, Margaret Ann Grillo

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Understanding the Roots of Violence in Elementary School Children, Lauren E. Gulbas

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Actun Nak Beh and Cahal Uitz Na: Analysis and Interpretation for Sacred Geography and Regional Lattice, Daniel Renwick Hodgman

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I Pot Therefore I Am: Pueblo Ceramic Revivals as Assertions of Identity, Laura John

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The Origins of Language Seen in Lithics and Cerebral Asymmetry, Alexandra Miller

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Theosophy in Philadelphia: An Ethnographic Study of the Construction of Subjectivity, Organization, and Practice Through Discourse, Kathryn E. Murano

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No Stadium in Chinatown: Community Mobalization in an Ethic Enclave, Sheena Nahm

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On Corporeality and Selfhood: Of Food and the Flesh, Constantine Valenzuela Nakassis

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Risk-Taking and Mate Selection: An Evolutionary Approach, Jamie Pinto

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Tir Gan Teange, Tir Gan Anam: The Reintroduction of Irish Gaelic Into Irish-American Ethnicity, Lindsey Quinn

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A Study Comparison of Post-Cranial and Dental Ages on Juveniles from Tepe Hissar, Neerav Sheth

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The Monuments Speaks: Piedras Negras Stela 14 and the Development of the Discourses on the Maya Hieroglyphic Texts as Academic and Cultural Commodities, Elizabeth Rebecca Tabas

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Tlingit Emulsions: The Ethnographic Photography of Louis Shotridge, Suzanna A. Urminska