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Congratulations to our Anthropology Students !

Social Science Undergraduate Research Awards !

June 24, 2020 2:59 PM
Camille Blackford“A Proposal for an Ethnography on the Happiness of UMBC Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic”
Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health (Anthropology program)
Mentor:  Dr. Bambi Chapin and Dr. Sarah Chard

The aim of this study is to investigate how UMBC students have been affected emotionally by the coronavirus pandemic, with a specific focus on the happiness of students. I want to examine how student’s happiness has been impacted by the pandemic and what social and cultural resources they have to draw on that helps them be able to be happy, or hinders their happiness, or both.

Maryam Elhabashy, “Cupping and Wellness Among Muslims In the Baltimore-Washington Area”
Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health (Anthropology program)
Mentor: Dr. Bambi Chapin

I will conduct research on how cupping fits into the health narratives of Muslim women in the Baltimore-Washington area with the intention of better understanding how people consume and promote traditional healing techniques in the face of (or in symbiosis with) biomedical approaches and changing social perceptions of alternative approaches.

Elle Kreiner, “Ethnographic Examination of Strategies of Emotional Labor in Death Care Work”
Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health (Anthropology program)
Mentor:  Dr. Bambi Chapin

The purpose of my research is to identify forms of emotional management and strategies used by death care workers as they perform emotional labor. The goal is to provide better insight of backstage, or hidden, procedure in mitigating emotions.


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