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High School Student Completes Internship in Anthropology

McKinlee Mayer is a senior at Bountiful High School. She is part of a group of students participating in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course offered by her school. CTE gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. CTE programs allow students to learn how core school    subjects like math, science and writing are used in real-life.

Several of the students decided to try nursing, dental assisting, and child development, but McKinlee found her interest in Anthropology. She had read a book about archaeology, and thought it was really cool to be able to go out on archaeological digs. She was also fascinated with forensic anthropology and did some research on the subject and career.

 She was very excited when her school’s advisor arranged for her to do a semester long internship here in the Department of Anthropology. Academic Coordinator, Professor Shawn Carlyle, put together a schedule for McKinlee, and she met with several professors, including Department Chair, Professor Leslie Knapp. She was also able to sit in on several classes, assist in putting together an Anthropology display board for the University’s Red, White and U Day, work with grad students in the molecular ecology and evolutionary genetics lab, and view human and animal bones in the osteology and Zooarchaeology labs. She was thrilled to find out about the Range Creek Field School and would love to attend in the next few years and possibly perform other field work someday.

She will be putting together a presentation of her experience here, to share with students at her school, and possibly with elementary school students explaining how it helped her make a decision about her future plans.

McKinlee was grateful for this opportunity and had such a rewarding experience in the Department that she has officially decided to pursue a B.S. in Anthropology with a Heath Emphasis, and would eventually like to study forensics. She has been told she is a good ‘arguer’ so law school is also a possibility. She has been accepted at the University of Utah and will start as a freshman this fall.  As a reward for all of her hard work, she will be taking an extended vacation to Europe this summer with friends and family.

Last Updated: 3/22/18