Anthrofest and In Situ
Anthrofest is the Penn Anthropology annual undergraduate research conference held in late February. Anthrofest brings together undergraduates involved in research across all concentrations in anthropology, as well as faculty and the broader undergraduate and graduate community. Each year the department sends a call for proposals and selects students to present their work. The conference is held on the last Friday in February and is an excellent way to showcase your work to the Penn community while gaining professional experience. Students who participate in the conference are required to submit a conference paper, once the conference has concluded, which is published in the annual Penn Anthropology undergraduate research journal, In Situ.
Situ is the Penn Anthropology undergraduate research journal that is
published digitally and in print. All students have the opportunity to submit
their work to be reviewed for publication in In Situ each year.
Historically, the journal has consisted of not only work from
and minors but also students doing anthropological work all around
campus. You can read all of our past volumes here. In Situ is an excellent
way to professionally publish work in a scholarly journal that will be
available for view by an infinite amount of researches and professionals through ScholarlyCommons.
Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The undergraduate research fellowship (URF) is an opportunity for sophomore and junior anthropology majors conducting anthropological research to receive funding for their project. Students must email their applications to the undergraduate chair and undergraduate coordinator by the second Friday in March.
ALL STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE URF FUNDING MUST PRESENT THEIR RESEARCH AT ANTHROFEST THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC YEAR, AND CONSEQUENTLY SUBMIT A PAPER TO IN SITU THAT SAME YEAR.
All undergraduate anthropology majors have the option of completing a senior thesis, however
THE SENIOR THESIS IS NOT MANDATORY FOR ANTHROPOLOGY MAJORS.
To begin the process of completing a thesis, students, in their Junior year, should contact the anthropology faculty member they would like to be their faculty advisor and begin formulating a research question. Once the student has decided on a faculty advisor, research question, and schedule for completion, the student will contact the undergraduate coordinator to register for ANTH301- Senior Thesis. This course will be a curriculum created by the student and the faculty advisor, preparing for the completion of a senior thesis. For the official standards of completing a thesis please see this page.
STUDENTS COMPLETING A SENIOR THESIS MUST
officially submit both a hard copy and digital copy to the undergraduate chair and undergraduate coordinator by the last day of class in the students' last semester of study.
Graduating with Honors (or an "honors thesis")
To graduate with honors (or complete an "honors thesis") students must complete and submit their final copy of the thesis to the undergraduate chair and undergraduate coordinator by the last day of classes in the student's last semester of study. IN ADDITION TO maintaining a 3.5 GPA on all courses applied to the student's anthropology major. Students must contact the undergraduate coordinator to "opt-in" (be considered) for graduating with honors.
Each year the Department of Anthropology awards a prize for the best Undergraduate Thesis. A special committee made up of members of the Anthropology faculty will judge the submitted theses based on writing ability, originality of research, clear presentation of the problem or issue, research design, methodology, theoretical framework, and interpretation. Most of the previous awardees have based their theses on original primary research rather than secondary research or library-based research. The THESIS PRIZE DEADLINE IS at the end of March, each year an exact date will be emailed to all anthropology majors. Please contact the undergraduate coordinator with any questions.