M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Ann Magennis
I have continued to be involved with the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University, as is typical, in a hodge-podge of activity. I am currently developing an online course for the department on human biological variation, which has a focus on deconstructing the concept of race and discussing scientifically valid means of understand human biological diversity. I also teach an introduction course on forensic science for the Roaring Fork and Summit County Pre-Collegiate Program hosted by the University of Colorado-Boulder during the summer. Currently, I am still seeking more permanent employment and intend to pursue a Ph.D. in the near to mid future.
Note to Current Students
The best advice I can pass on is to be active in your educational pursuits. One can attend class and write one’s thesis, be it honors or masters, and receive a good education. The most valuable and meaningful education though, comes from taking the initiative and getting involved beyond what is required. Some of the most important educational experiences, the ones that truly challenged and stretched my abilities and understanding of anthropology, were those I sought myself. They included such things as flying to Romania to work in a museum measuring ancient Gepid skeletons to getting involved on a publication with my advisor. These experiences beyond the ‘standard’ are what made the Department of Anthropology’s graduate program at Colorado State University the very best. But seriously, as an aside, the classes are fantastic too!