Awards and Recognitions

2015

Assistant Professor Carrie Heitman and her colleagues have been awarded a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant for their Digital Native American and Indigenous Studies Project. The grant will help support three separate three-day workshops devoted to teaching new digital methods and studying matters of preservation and access in Native American studies.


Professor Raymond Hames was awarded a National Science Foundation grant entitled "Collaborative Research: Demographic and Genealogical Dimensions of Cultural and Biological Success" with Napoleon Chagnon (Univeristy of Missouri).

Student worker Gilbert Seck was awarded an Ovation Award by the College of Arts and Sciences for his contributions to the Department of Anthropology.

Michael Chodoronek successfully defended his MA thesis and graduated in August. Mike is now employed by the USDA National Forest as an Archeologist.

MA student Zachary Day has been awarded the Dana Deger Memorial Scholarship by the Nebraska Archaeological Society, which goes to a student conducting research on the Great Plains. Zachary's thesis work explores the characterization of Sand Hills ceramics as a way to learn more about the mobility of indigenous populations during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly.

Prof. Raymond Hames delivered the Plenary Address, “An Assessment of Inclusive Fitness Theory in Humans,” at the 27th Annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference convening at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.

Dr. Wayne Babchuk has been elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Central States Anthropological Society starting in April 2016.

Recent graduate Kelsey Lee has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and will travel to Thailand to continue her work with Karen refugee populations. Kelsey was one of 5 UNL undergraduates awarded a Fulbright in 2015.

Maria “Gaby” Lapera, Allen Myhra, and Jeremy Brunette successfully defended their MA theses and graduated in May. Allen is currently at Texas A&M University with full funding for his PhD. Jeremy has joined the University of Nevada-Reno for PhD work. Gaby is employed at Motley Fool in Alexandria, Virginia as an Editor/Analyst specializing in Finance.

Dr. Carrie Heitman has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for her project, “Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection.” This $300,000 grant will allow Heitman and a team of researchers to digitize millions of artifacts, specimens and samples from excavations of a 1,000-year-old Ancestral Puebloan structure in northwest New Mexico.

Dr. Carrie Heitman was selected as one of the 2015-2016 American Anthropological Association Leadership Fellows. She will be matched with a member of the AAA Executive Board, to learn more about the range of opportunities for leadership service within the AAA.

MA student Zachary Day was awarded the Douglas Bereuter Fellowship to commemorate the contribution of Representative Bereuter towards heritage conservation. This award goes to a student completing thesis work on the Plains. Zachary is completing his MA thesis on Sand Hills ceramics and their characterization.

The Thomas McGinnis Awards for Best Papers in Anthropology were made to Maia Behrendt (undergraduate) and Aaron Pattee (graduate student).

MA Student Zachary Day received the Hubbard Fellowship and will be assisting with the Summer Field School in Archaeology.

Hubbard Scholarships were awarded to undergraduate students Makenzie Coufalm, Jennifer Hammond, Robert Jellison, Candace Orton, Emilie Turek, and Amy Sobotka, who are all participating in the Summer Field School in Archaeology.

Dr. Dan Osborne and Dr. Matt Douglass both received a Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, awarded by the UNL Parents Association. This award depends on students to nominate a faculty or staff member who “has made a significant contribution to their lives while at UNL.”

2014

MA student Nora Greiman won a grant from the NSF-supported Archaeometry Laboratory of the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center for her project “Pilot Study for Examining Population Movement and Community Resilience during the Hyper-dynamic peri-Medieval Climatic Anomaly, Sand Hills.”

Dr. Emily Hammerl along with collaborator Dr. Megan Moore (Eastern Michigan) received a grant from the Nestlé Research Center (Taste and Aroma Impact Division; Lausanne, Switzerland) to support their project, “Subadult Mandibular Morphology in an Early Medieval Skeletal Collection from Northern France Compared with Modern Individuals of European Ancestry.”

Dr. LuAnn Wandsnider, with colleague Dr. Christopher Dore and alum John Swigert, was awarded the 2014 Asa T. Hill Memorial Award by the Nebraska State Historical Society. The Asa T. Hill Memorial Award recognizes individuals or groups who have made substantial contributions to Great Plains archaeology. Dore and Wandsnider were recognized for their development of the Nebraska State Cultural Resource GIS, the first in the nation. MA student John Swigert refined the GIS, adding in 2000 a user-friendly graphical user interface that makes Nebraska’s Cultural Resource GIS among the most accessible in the nation.

Accounting Associate Breana Garretson was awarded an Applause Award by the College of Arts and Sciences for her contributions to Anthropology and the College.

Affiliate Dr. Matt Douglass and Dr. LuAnn Wandsnider have been awarded a cooperative agreement with the National Grasslands Visitor Center to assist the center with outreach regarding the cultural resources of the National Grasslands.

Graduate student Nora Greiman was awarded the Dana Deger Memorial Scholarship by the Nebraska Archaeological Society. This award is made annually to benefit a student engaged in Nebraska archaeology.

Holly Staggs successfully defended her MA thesis and graduated in August. She is currently an Archaeological Technician with the National Parks Service Midwest Archeological Center, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Thomas McGinnis Awards for Best Papers in Anthropology were made to Kristina Whitney (undergraduate) and Luke Hittner (graduate student).

Graduate students Michael Chodoronek and Erin Carr received Hubbard Fellowships and will be assisting with the Summer Field School in Archaeology.

Hubbard Scholarships were awarded to Elliot Plotz, Clare Roberts, Shelby Rood, Nicole Taylor, and Elizabeth Workentine, who are participating in the Summer Field School in Archaeology.

Charles Flowerday successfully defended his MA thesis and graduated in May.

Eric Skov, who completed this MA thesis last spring on “Experimentation in Sling Weaponry: Effectiveness of and Archaeological Implications for a World-Wide Primitive Technology,” was awarded the Lowe R. and Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Master's Thesis Award.

MA student Luke Hittner was awarded the Douglas Bereuter Fellowship to commemorate the contribution of Representative Bereuter towards heritage conservation.

2013

Allison Young has successfully defended her MA thesis and will graduate in August. She is now employed as a Cultural Resources support staff at Hot Springs National Park.

Kate Latham
successfully defended her senior thesis “Wolf to Dog: Modeling Dog Domestication in the Context of Wolf Behavior.” Kate is attending the University of Alberta to complete PhD work.

Research Professor Doug Scott and Professor Emeritus Peter Bleed received a Department of Interior-NPS award for the “Systematic Metal Detector Survey of the 1862 Encampment of the First Colorado Volunteer Infantry Regiment at the Fort Union National Monument.” Another award supported their project “Archaeological Remote Sensing Investigations Within and Around the Pecos Pueblo Trade Fair Area, Pecos National Historical Park, New Mexico.”

Lecturer Dr. Shimelis Beyene and team-members at the UNL Drought Mitigation Center and other universities received a $1.4 million NASA IDS award for their project, “Predicting Climatic/Hydrologic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa under Evolving Climate Conditions to Support Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies."

Dr. Mark Awakuni-Swetland received a Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students from the UNL Parents' Association.

Graduate student Nora Greiman was awarded 2nd Place in the student poster competition at the Water for Food Symposium.

Undergraduate Kate Kollars was named an Academic Star by the UNL College of Arts and Sciences.

Seniors Micah Wullschleger and Renee Donner were selected to as members of the Dean’s Scholar Society and awarded the Dean’s Experiential Learning Scholarship.

MA student Nora Greiman was awarded the Douglas Bereuter Fellowship to commemorate the contribution of Representative Bereuter towards heritage conservation. She is completing thesis work on the Sand Hills of Nebraska.

Graduated senior Gwyneth Talley has continued to UCLA, with full funding, to complete her PhD in cultural anthropology. Senior Sena Dawes has continued to the University of Washington to complete her PhD in cultural anthropology.

Eric Skov and Christine Nycz successfully defended their MA theses and graduated in May. Eric is employed at the Center for Environmental Management on Military Lands, at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Christine is a working at the National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Thomas McGinnis Awards for Best Papers in Anthropology was made to Aaron Pattee (graduate student).

2012

Tamara Luce successfully defended her MA Theses and graduated in December. Tamara  is working towards her Master’s in Education at the Northern Colorado University, in Greeley, Colorado.

Benjamin Bilgri successfully defended his MA Theses and graduated in May. Benjamin is a Field Supervisor with Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., in Lexington, Kentucky.

Research faculty Dr. William Hunt and Dr. Ralph Hartley were awarded a $290,000 National Science Foundation Grant for their pilot work: “A Multidisciplinary Exploratory Study of Alpine Cairns, Baranof Island, Southeast Alaska.”

Dr. Dan Osborne and Dr. Wayne Babchuk both received the Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students by the UNL Parents Association. This award is made to those faculty and staff members nominated by a student and making "a significant contribution to their lives while at UNL." This is the fifth straight year that Dr. Babchuck has won this award!

Michelle Night Pipe and Amanda Callahan-Mims successfully defended their MA theses and graduated in August. Michelle has continued to Rutgers University (with support), completing her PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology. Amanda is a Field Supervisor with Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., in Lexington Kentucky.

Graduate student John K. Fitzpatrick III was named a Graduate Fellow by the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Undergraduates Lauren Nelson and Corbin Bogle were each awarded UCARE (Undergraduate Creative and Research Experience) Awards.

Brittany Brooks, Angela “Mayo” Buenafe, and Jennifer Hildebrand successfully defended their MA Theses and graduated in May. Mayo was accepted by Leiden University in the Netherlands in the fall as a full-time PhD student studying food and water security of the Agta in Northern Sierra Madre, Philippines. Brittany is employed at Beaver Creek Archaeology Inc. Jennifer is the Project Head on the Abandoned Mineral Land (AML) Project with The Great Basin Institute, in Reno, Nevada.

Bereuter Awards, honoring the career of Rep. Douglas Bereuter went to graduate students conducting Great Plains Research, Michelle Night Pipe, Courtney Ziska, and Amanda Callahan-Mims.

The Thomas McGinnis Award for Best Papers in Anthropology was made to Amanda Callahan-Mims (graduate student).

2011

Undergraduate Tiffany Napier was awarded UCARE funding for the 2011-12 academic year for her project with Dr. Ron Goble (Geosciences), Dr. Matt Douglass, and Dr. LuAnn Wandsnider, “The Sand Hills Cultural Landscape in Response to a Fluctuating Environment during and after the Medieval Climate Period.”

Graduate student Tammy Luce was awarded a field internship at Crow Canyon for this summer field season. She worked with various individuals and groups who came to Crow Canyon to work with archaeologists on various research projects.

Caroline Jones, Ryan Thomas, Annie Cafer, Owen O'Reilly and Donald Arp, Jr.  successfully defended their MA Theses and graduated in May. Caroline is an Academic Advisor at Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kansas. Annie is a PhD candidate for Rural Sociology at University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri. Don is a Marketing Specialist, at Innovation Hub with Nelnet, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Karen Steinauer, Kristen Rodgers, and Kendra Suesz successfully defended their MA Theses and graduated in December. Karen is a Highway Archeologist at the Nebraska State Historical Society, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kendra is an Artist, Editing, and Proofing Specialist, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kristin is an Intelligence Analyst for US Strategic Command, in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Thomas McGinnis Awards for Best Papers in Anthropology were made to Nathan Sell (undergraduate) and Angela “Mayo” Buenafe (graduate student).