Eric Austin Gillett and Jacob Hickman
I have presented my findings at three conferences: Hmong Studies Consortium in Madison, Wisconsin (April 6, 2015), Society for the Anthropology of Religion in San Diego, California (April 12, 2015), and the American Anthropological Association in Denver, Colorado (November 18-22, 2015). I am preparing a journal article to submit for publication in the Journal of Vietnamese Studies. I will also be using research data to complete my senior thesis, honors thesis, and applications for graduate school.
As I am preparing to enter the field of anthropology as a graduate student and later as an academic, the ORCA afforded me the invaluable opportunity to engage in research that is a rare opportunity for an undergraduate student. I enjoyed being able to engage with scholarly work and contribute to the field in meaningful ways.
I value all of the ups and downs of the research experience. My mentor was very engaged and I couldn’t have imagined a better working relationship.
Yes! It is hard to identify exactly what my research did for me personally or spiritually, but it has been indistinguishable from my overall growth this past 18 months.
Thank you for the opportunity to work closely with my mentor. I feel prepared to enter graduate school and work closely with graduate school mentors because of the ORCA grant I received.