Each year, the anthropology program at Missouri State University hosts a Student Anthropology Conference, which features the work of undergraduate and graduate students. The 2017 conference will be held on the afternoons of Thursday April 27 and Friday April 28.
Students--both graduate and undergraduate--will present papers on original research in anthropology. Participants will be organized into panels according to theme; presentations will be 15 minutes each, and each panel will include additional time for discussion.
Thursday, April 27
2:00-3:15 Conservation Matters, STRO 300
Chair: Caleb Bunselmeyer
- Kara Venzian, Green Greeks and a Grassroots Movement: Sustainability in Missouri State University's Greek Week
- Emily Coe, What's in Your Food?
- Shelby Butrum, Species Affected by Palm Oil
- Tenna Thomason, A Boycott to Better our Community
3:30-4:45 Questions of Orality, STRO 300
Chair: Kaitlin Karney
- Asheton S. Mayfield, To Mark or Not to Mark? The Japanese Question
- Matt Flint, The Art of Manipulation: Verbal and Physical Improvising in a Literate Society
- Celine Bennett, There's Always an Exception to the Rules: Is English Language Reform Feasible?
- Kara Venzian, Spooky, Scary Social Tools: An Analysis of a Local Urban Legend
5:00-6:30 Community in the Making, STRO 200
Chair: Lisa Erhart
- Shelby Butrum, Clyde: The Barnard Bigfoot
- Danielle Albritton, Felicia Baltzell, and Kourtney Workman, Welcome Home? Assessing Local Refugee Resettlement, Part I
- Danielle Albritton, Felicia Baltzell, and Kourtney Workman, Welcome Home? Assessing Local Refugee Resettlement, Part II
- Caitlyn Eberle, Cultivating Community: Ethnographic Insight into Springfield Community Gardens
- Shaye Wright, Grandmas: Children's Heroes
Friday, April 28
2:30-3:45 The Power of Policy, STRO 200
Chair: Nike Gulley
- Hollie Wright, Charting Constellations of Power: Texas Public Education Policy
- Caleb Bunselmeyer, Make Your Deforestation Statement: Making Missouri State Palm Oil Free
- Matt Flint, Palm Problems and People Power: Providing Resources to Change the Palm Oil Industry
- Glenna Dement, Established Precedents within Local Nurseries for the Selling of Invasive Species: Indirect Impacts of Individuals on Native Flora and Fauna in Southwest Missouri
4:00-5:15 Effects of Literacy, STRO 300
Chair: Caitlyn Eberle
- Katelyn Hageman, Smile or :) ... What Do You Mean?
- Sydney Gochenauer, Remembering the Rhyme: Oral Traditions in a Literate Society
- Matthew Nowak, “It’s Only a Matter of Time”: A Look at Literacy and Time Expression
- Drew Geer, Your TRUMP Card: An Analysis of Argumentation Style Post Donald Trump
5:30-6:45 Change in Perspective, STRO 200
Chair: Tyler Cunningham
- Caleb Lynn, Exaggerations in the Ozarks: The 1859 insurrection of enslaved peoples in Polk County, Mo.
- Katelyn Hageman, Camp Crowder: A Forgotten Entity of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Shaye Wright and Emily Williamson, The Case of Another Dying Language
- Tami Franklin, I Pour Second Chances
If you have questions about the conference, contact Dr. Margaret Buckner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 417-836-6165)