EFR Reports and Photos For GSG Funded Events - FY2016

College of Agricultural and Resource Economics

AARE Coffee Hour Poster Forum (EFR# 15.10)










Department of Anthropology

AnthroPlus - Building Community Engagement & Social Equity in a Changing World (EFR# 15.13) 

GSG Funded Event Report Form


Organization Details

Organization Name: Practicing Anthropologist Student Association (PASA)

Main Contact Name: Sarah Janesko, Treasurer

Main Contact Email: sjanesko@umd.edu


Event Details

Event Name: “AnthroPlus: Building Community Engagement and Social Equity in a Changing World”

Date and Time: 5 March 2015, 9am – 5pm

Location: Nyumburu Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room and Conference Room

Event Description: Graduate Student Conference

Number of Attendees: 65

Total Expenditure: $815.37 (GSG funds expenditure)


Event Highlights


The Practicing Anthropologist Student Association held it’s 7th annual AnthroPlus Student Conference on March 5th. We had over 60 attendees, and 23 graduate student presentations throughout the day. The breakfast and lunch that the Graduate Student Government funded provided a wonderful opportunity for fostering conversations between conference attendees and presenters in an informal atmosphere. It allowed guests to stay connected with the conference.

There were 6 sessions this year, each with 3-6 presentations relating to the theme: “Building Community Engagement and Social Equity in a Changing World.” Students presented original research including ethnographic studies of health consequences of urban poor communities in Los Angeles, historic demographic changes in Milwaukee, archaeological findings at James Madison’s Montpelier, ethnographic project providing recommendations for UMD’s baseball stadium, the use of computer modeling in anthropology, and several research projects surrounding conflict and heritage and human-natural environments.

Additionally, two 5-minute presentation sessions, “Tales from the Field” and “Snap-shots from the Field” encouraged discussion of meaningful field experiences and important lessons learned from interacting directly with community members and other participants. These sessions are a tradition at this conference which supports graduates to reflect on the purpose of their research, the ways in which they engage communities, and the challenges that arise through anthropological work.

At the end of the conference, our keynote speaker, Dr. Rachel Watkins spoke about her approach to studying health disparities as a biological and social anthropologist at American University. She raised the issue of racial inequality, providing evidence for the need to encourage a more diverse set of researchers in the field. She drew upon historical problems within biological, archaeological, and social anthropology and paralleled these historic issues of racial inequality with current the Black Lives Matter movement, further adding a sense of urgency and relevancy in addressing social inequality.

This conference would not have been possible without the financial support of the Graduate Student Government. We thank you for your support of this student-run, student-presented conference. We look forward to an even better event next year.





Department of Bioengineering

Research Fest 2016












Department of English

GEO Annual Conference, Theme “Perversions” (EFR# 15.15)






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Iranian Graduate Student Foundation

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Philosophy and Linguistic Student Association

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School of Architecture Planning and Preservation

SPA Career Panel (EFR# 15.9)




Career panel

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School of Public Health

Physical Culture Studies Graduate Student Associations (EFR# 15.14)

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GSG EFR Report

PCS 9th annual graduate student conference

March 4, 2016

School of Public Health


Event Highlights:

              The 9th annual Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference took place on Friday, March 4, 2016 in the School of Public Health. There were approximately 50 people in attendance, the majority of whom were graduate students from various departments across the University of Maryland campus (e.g., women’s studies, American studies, education) as well as other institutions, such as the University of Georgia and the University of Toronto.  Bringing together such an assortment of people is important as it fosters collaboration not only within the University of Maryland, but (inter)nationally.  It also helps Maryland graduate students network and showcase their work to a broader audience. 

              The event began at 9am with a keynote address by Maryland alumna Dr. Oliver Rick.  Student presentations began immediately after the keynote.  Three sessions of student presentations took place, with each session consisting of four to six presentations.  Students were provided 5-15 minutes to present their work, with 15-20 minutes of questions.  Audience members reported finding the presentations very engaging, while students were pleased to have the ability to present their work in a supportive, yet intellectually stimulating environment. 

              Following student presentations, attendees had the opportunity to network and replenish at an hour-long lunch session, paid for with the GSG funding.  The lunch consisted of pizza, salad, beverages, and brownies. The food was enjoyed by conference participants, as evidenced by the shortage of leftovers!

              The last part of the conference was a keynote by Maryland alumna, and Professor at Towson, Dr. David Zang. Attendees were encouraged to continue conversations during a reception that followed Dr. Zang’s talk.

              Overall, the conference was a success: Students from across Maryland’s campus, as well as other local universities, were in attendance; engaging, well-delivered presentations were given by graduate students; and renowned faculty presented their current research projects.  Feedback from students and faculty was overwhelmingly positive, and conference organizers, energized from this year’s conference, already have begun preparations for next year. 

              We would like to thank the GSG or their generous funding the past six years.  Without such support this conference would not be possible.  We look forward to working with the GSG in the near future. 


Julie Maier

Physical Cultural Studies GSO President




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