Mount Union College Senior Interns at Michigan State University

April 22, 2010

Mount Union College senior Krista George spent the past summer interning at Michigan State University with The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Minority Achievement Program/Summer Research Opportunity Program (McNair/SROP).

George, a history major with a minor in geology, spent 10 weeks at MSU where she participated in graduate record examination prep classes, community service through

The Ronald McDonald House and took classes in research and methods of writing. She worked one on one with her mentor, Dr. James S. Bielo in the department of anthropology. Cultural anthropology is a detailed analysis of human civilizations and behaviors in an attempt to understand their societies. It is the historical analysis that asks the question, why. George was also exposed to many multidisciplinary programs, including natural science, education and law.

George spent time visiting graduate schools and participated in round table discussions at a CIC (Committee of Institutional Cooperation) conference at Purdue University. All intern participants were required to write a 20 page research paper, give an oral presentation with a power point and present a poster presentation to the local community, peers and all departments. George's research topic was the advent, development and consequences of literacy among ancient Greeks and Mayans. She did an historical comparative and anthropological review of two ancient writing systems to see how they related to contemporary society.

'This program helped me realize my ambition to be a cultural research anthropologist,' said George. 'I had a great experience and met wonderful people in my field and other fields.'

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