Ms. Hannah Ryker
Ms. Hannah Ryker
<b>Department: </b>Applied Anthropology Laboratories<br><b>Research Area: </b>Archaeology, Collections Management, Artifacts

Department: Applied Anthropology Laboratories

Research Focus: Ryker is supervisor on multiple archaeology and anthropology grant-funded projects awarded to and executed by the Applied Anthropology Laboratories (AAL). Current AAL projects include research at Spring Mill State Park, Harrison Crawford State Forest, Goldsmith Gilbert Cabin, Union Literary Institute, Battle of Peckuwe; interpretation and exhibit creation at St. Clair's Defeat and the Battle of Fort Recovery; work on NAGPRA (Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act); and a large archaeological records digitization project. Our final products for each of these projects are archaeological technical reports or digital databases submitted to the granting agency.

Potential Student Project(s): The student researchers will work on one or more of the following research activities integral to the AAL grant projects listed above.

  • Clean, organize, identify, label, and bag precontact and historic artifacts
  • Perform historical background and archaeological research
  • Artifact photography

Possible other research activities related to the AAL grant projects listed above

These research activities will be performed on-site in AAL at an assigned workstation.

Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate:

  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Experience with Excel
  • Organized and detailed
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, and documented procedures
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills and working collaboratively

Mentoring Plan: The student researcher will have a set schedule for their weekly assignment. They will work 5 hours per week on the project including one hour of 1-on-1 meeting with me. The student will check in at the beginning of each shift with Ryker. Ryker and the student will meet to discuss upcoming research assignments and review completed research. The first weekly meeting will include AAL and project-specific orientation. All other weekly meetings will relate directly to the research activities assigned and outlined above.

Each research assignment will be introduced by Ryker with written and verbal instructions, including previous examples and project procedures to be used as guides. Ryker will be available for all questions. Each specific assignment will be tracked and documented. Student researcher may work with other AAL student employees on some assignments. Ryker will give weekly formal feedback on each research assignment. The student researcher will use that feedback to edit and revise the final research product. Students will be expected to perform meaningful research and produce quality work, while being fully guided and supported by Ryker. A successful student researcher will be well positioned for future AAL student employment if they desire.

Contact: 765-285-5324, BB 311