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Doctoral student Mary Whisenhunt awarded UTSA Distinguished Research Fellowship

September 13, 2019

UTSA Department of Anthropology doctoral student Mary Whisenhunt has just been awarded one of six Distinguished Research Fellowships from the UTSA Graduate School. The fellowship is intended to help students complete their dissertations by covering their school fees and living expenses during their final year so they will not have competing demands on their time. Mary’s dissertation project examines the cycle of prehistoric small-scale group aggregation, dispersal, and persistence of place in southeast Arizona's upper Gila River Valley, and the nature of socio-cultural resilience to climatic perturbation. Her research includes the archaeological survey of land adjacent to the main stem of the Gila River in the York-Duncan Valley. Virtually nothing was known about prehistoric settlement patterns in this area before the project was initiated in 2015. Local community and informant participation in this effort were essential in identifying and recording nearly 80 prehistoric and historic sites in the valley. Contragulations on the fellowship--and the important research--Mary! We can't wait to see you defend your dissertation!

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