Anthropology Scholars Week Conference

Students walk past the buildings, outdoor sculpture, and grassy plaza at the south end of Western's campus.

Event Details




Online: Zoom

And In-Person at WWU:
Anthropology Multipurpose Room
Arntzen Hall room 319



Brought to you by:

Department of Anthropology, WWU Alumni Association


Check out this video to watch the Cleared for Takeoff.


Check out this video to watch the Anthropology Scholars Week Conference.


The Annual WWU Anthropology Scholars Week Conference provides undergraduate students in the department with the opportunity to present their research and hard work to their peers, faculty, and alumni. Students gather to share their anthropological interests and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Keynote - "Cleared for Takeoff"

Elizabeth Gibbs, class of 2015
In-Person at WWU Arntzen Hall 319
And on Zoom

Friday, May 19, 2023 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Outstanding Research Presentations and Awards
A reception follows the program
In-Person at WWU Arntzen Hall 319
And On Zoom

Please join us for the Outstanding Research Presentations and Awards where award recipients are asked to give a 15-minute presentation of their paper. There are four students (three papers, including one co-authored paper) who won the Outstanding Student Research Award for the 2022-23 academic year. Faculty nominate several students out of 200+ Anthropology majors, review their papers and select winners.

Outstanding Student Research Awards include a monetary award of $250.00 and a certificate from the department which is presented during the Anthropology Department Scholars Week Conference. 

Outstanding Research Presentations and Awards

Lily Berver
“Gender and Repression in Argentina’s Last Dictatorship”

Luke Heinen
“Art Against Tyranny: Ukraine’s Resistance of Occupation Through Cultural Expression”

Payton Hyatt & Laila Kleven
“Unsettling the Settler Teacher: An Indigenized Inquiry into American Public Education”

Full Conference Details:
You many attend the conference in-person for one or both days. 
The full conference schedule is available online.


Elizabeth Gibbs is flaying an aircraft and seated in the cockpit. She is smiling, has white skin, and wears a headset, sunglasses and  T-shirt.

Elizabeth Gibbs ('15), Keynote Speaker

Driven at first to find a solution to the question “what will you do after graduation?”, Elizabeth Gibbs pursued a Museology internship that took her down an unexpected career path, unlocking a passion for aviation. Cleared for Takeoff is a reflection on the flight path of one former WWU Anthropology student, and a story to inspire those who may be stuck on the ground to look up and find their wings.

Accommodations and Other Details

Contact the WWU Alumni Association for this event. Feel free to call at (360) 650-3353 or email at if you have any questions or comments.

Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form.

There will be auto-captions available for the Zoom webinar.

Limited parking is available in the C lots at the south end of campus and in lots 6V and 7G at the north end of campus. Western provides comprehensive parking details—including lot locations, applicable fees, and campus map. Please note that parking in the C lot and 12A by Fairhaven College is free after 4:30pm on weekdays and all hours on weekends.