University College London Visit (June 6)
by Ellen Meader (University of Michigan)
Vice-Dean Ruth Mandel highlighted the nine different master’s programs in Anthropology which are one-year taught degrees. The UCL Anthropology (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology) department is one of only a few broad based departments in the UK. Students complete a 15K-word thesis. In addition, the department offers internships, volunteer opportunities, and collaborations with partner universities.
Dr. Daniel Miller introduced us to an anthropological study of social media called “Why We Post” which is an amazing global research project involving nine UCL anthropologists who studied the role of social media in people’s lives in different countries for 15 months. This project offers 11 free open access books and a free 5-week online course. Check it out! (www.ucl.ac.uk/why-we-post).
Dr. Tristan McCowan from the Institute of Education presented information on the multidisciplinary programs in the Institute. He challenged us with the question: What is the role of education in international development, especially higher education, in lower income countries that have resource constraints?
Student Panel: Joanna Petrescu & Russell Beaumont (Marshall Scholars), Eleanor Burgess (Fulbright Scholar)
Q: How would you advise students to find the right program of study?
A: Look at the actual coursework that you’ll be doing, don’t just look for the name of the program.
A: Look for faculty who are doing the type of research you’re interested in doing and contact them. Ask your current PI/Advisor if you can mention their name, especially if they are well known in your field.