Undergraduate Milena Carvalho presented poster at 79th Annual SAA meeting in Austin
Milena shares her thoughts on the experience to present at prominent archaeological conference:
"This year I had the opportunity to participate in a poster session at the 79th annual Society of American Archaeology meeting in Austin, TX. During the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic Europe poster session, I presented my independent study on the comparative taphonomic study of two Portuguese pleistocene cave sites. I met a lot of archaeologists who were both supportive and gave excellent advice about my work and my future. Although intimidated at first, the experience was priceless. I was able to attend many interesting symposia which furthered my knowledge on areas in which I had some experience, such as zooarchaeology, and other areas of curiosity such as Guatemalan & South American archaeology. It was an honor to attend the sessions of past professors as well as support my peers who were also presenting or participating in the poster sessions. Attending the conference was advantageous for my academic career for many reasons. It reassured me that archaeology is truly the discipline I would like to pursue, provided the opportunity to network, and also rendered an experience that will be very helpful for getting accepted into graduate programs. I would not have been able to participate in the conference if it weren’t for the support of the anthropology department as well as my peers. I am truly grateful for the experience of attending the conference as well as getting to know the wonderful city of Austin."