The COD was started in order to assess disciplinary demographics and address minority representation in biological anthropology.  A survey of U.S. programs of physical/biological anthropology indicated a diversity bottleneck at the transition from undergraduate to graduate programs.

To address this bottleneck, the COD sponsors a yearly Committee on Diversity Undergraduate Research Symposium.  This poster session is held on the Wednesday evening of the AAPA meetings.  

Any abstract with an undergraduate as the first author is welcome.  All undergraduates are eligible to participate.  Abstracts are due January 31, 2020.  

Please encourage your undergraduates to apply for this event!

Deadline: COD Undergraduate Research Symposium abstracts are due January 31, 2020.  

Abstract Preparation and Submission: The COD Undergraduate Research Symposium has an online application process; the application will be available here following the e-mails of abstract acceptance for the main meetings (early December). The Undergraduate Research Symposium will require submission of structured abstracts, following the format used in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. This format includes a few sentences each on Background, Methods, Results, and a Conclusion. Note that this format is different than the AAPA abstract format used in the main meetings.

Any abstract submitted to the main meeting that has an undergraduate as first author can be considered provided that 1) the abstract is rewritten to comply with the structured format; and 2) it is submitted for the Undergraduate Research Symposium by the January 31 deadline. Note that the COD Undergraduate Research Symposium abstract application is a separate process from the main submission.  If you have also submitted your abstract to the main meetings, you will be asked to notify the committee during the application process.

Mentoring Process: Each undergraduate will be paired with a graduate student who will provide mentoring advice on poster development and the poster ‘talk’. Graduate students are encouraged to volunteer to serve as reviewers/mentors (please see below).

Event: Posters should be hung at 4:30pm on the Wednesday of the meetings. From 5:00 – 5:30 pm a mentoring session will be held with graduate mentors and undergraduate presenters. This will be followed from 5:30 - 6:00 pm by a private reception for the undergraduates, their mentor, their graduate student mentors and AAPA officers during which participation certificates will be awarded by AAPA officers. The reception and posters will be open to the association members from 6:00-8pm. Undergraduates are expected to attend the entire event. Refreshments will be provided!

Graduate Student Volunteers: Graduate students interested in abstract review and undergraduate mentoring should please contact Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler ([email protected]).

Registration: Undergraduates participating in the symposium will receive complementary AAPA meeting registration. This will take the form of a reimbursement following participation in the symposium.

Travel Awards: Undergraduates are eligible to apply for the AAPA Student Travel Awards. Applications are due no later than January 1. All Undergraduate Research Symposium participants not presenting at the main meeting are also considered for smaller symposium travel awards based on a separate application. Students may not receive both of these awards. Undergraduate Research Symposium travel awardees are notified in advance of the meeting and checks are provided at the symposium. You must be present for the entire symposium to receive the award.

Click here to begin your application.

Committee Chairs

Cara Wall-Scheffler

Marcie Myers

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