2016 NSF IDEAS Workshop

The COD IDEAS subcommittee tackles the original core mission of the COD - to address underrepresentation of racialized minority scholars in biological anthropology. 

An NSF-Funded, multi-pronged initiative addresses training, mentoring and public outreach.

Click here to access a Yearbook of Physical Anthropology paper on Bioanthropology demographics and the history of the IDEAS program. 

The AAPA congratulates our 2018 IDEAS Scholars.

Application materials for the 2019 COD IDEAS Workshop are now available. The deadline is November 15, 2018 (11:59pm PST).



includes a day-long science and mentoring workshop for undergraduate and graduate students the Wednesday of the AAPA meetings, networking events throughout the meeting, and a virtual mentoring network throughout the year. 

The core workshop provides a team, a space, and a suite of activities to engage issues of scholarship, professional preparation, and community building. The workshop will include 15 IDEAS Student Scholar (both undergraduate and graduate) and 15 IDEAS Faculty. The day-long meeting includes scientific presentations by faculty scholars, thematically and topically focused mentoring groups, and introduction to tools, resources, and practices to help meet the challenges and opportunities faced by students from racialized minority groups traditionally underrepresented in biological anthropology and first generation college students.


IDEAS Student Application deadline is November 15. Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students in programs in biological anthropology or related disciplines. IDEAS Students Scholars receive travel to and lodging for the entirety of the AAPA conference as well as funding toward poster printing for those participating in the COD Undergraduate Research Symposium. Application materials will be available here in the Fall with decisions provided by late January.


Sponsoring IDEAS Scholars or Satellite Workshops?  If you are interested in sponsoring additional IDEAS scholars or building satellite workshops in your local area into your Broader Impacts programs, please contact Ripan Malhi ([email protected]) or Susan Antón ([email protected]).


Questions About Applications or the Workshop? Please contact: Ripan Malhi ([email protected]), Susan Antón ([email protected]), or Agustin Fuentes ([email protected]).

Click here for the IDEAS Workshop Application 2019

IDEAS Faculty

Jada Benn Torres (2018)

Richard Bribiescas (2016, 2017, 2018)

Graciela Cabana (2016, 2017, 2018)

Tamar Carter (2016)

Kerry Dore (2017)

Agustín Fuentes (2016, 2017, 2018)

Felicia Gómez (2016)

Chelsey Juarez (2018)

Amy Lu (2018)

Marisa Macias (2016)

Ripan Malhi (2016, 2017, 2018)

Arion Mayes (2016, 2017)

Luseadra McKeracher (2017)

Stephanie Meredith (2016)

John Mitani (2016, 2017, 2018)

Robin Nelson (2016, 2017, 2018)

Milena Shattuck (2017)

Phoebe Stubblefield (2016, 2017, 2018)

Zaneta Thayer (2016, 2017, 2018)

Christina Torres-Rouff (2016, 2017)

Claudia Valeggia (2016, 2017, 2018)

Teresa Wilson (2018)

Lu Yao (2017)



The AAPA and IDEAS faculty sponsor a booth at the SACNAS undergraduate STEM recruiting fair each October (SACNAS.org).  With IDEAS Scholars and Students we disseminate information about biological anthropology and careers in the discipline through this recruitment fair.  We are also developing scientific programming for this annual event – please contact Susan Antón or Zaneta Thayer if you are interested in participating.

In collaboration with the AAPA Education Committee, IDEAS Scholars participate in school site visits.



IDEAS videos feature conversations with Biological Scientists about their research and path to a career in biological anthropology.  The videos are the result of the collaboration between the AAPA, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported IDEAS Scholars' Project, and the BOAS network. The videos can be viewed here.



The IDEAS group sponsors the COD facebook page which is administered by Kerry Dore and can be found at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/220199494657781/.

The IDEAS group also sponsors the main COD listserv that aims to facilitate discussion on topics of diversity within physical anthropology, to build connections and mentoring relationships among physical anthropologists from underrepresented groups as well as those members interested in diversity in the field, and to provide a forum for all members of the AAPA interested in such discussions.  The list is administered by Susan Antón and Phoebe Stubblefield. Any AAPA member may join the list at by following the instructions at:  https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/aapa_cod_main.


COD-IDEAS Committee Chairs 

Susan Antón

Agustín Fuentes

Ripan Malhi

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