Anthropology Students win North American competition on Public Anthropology

Twelve students in Professor Jennie Burnet's Anthropology 201 course, "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology," have won a North American competition involving over 3,000 students from 23 schools. The Public Anthropology Awards are administered by the Center for a Public Anthropology, and the UofL award winners wrote on this topic: 

"The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services is updating its regulations for research. These regulations involve finding the right balance between allowing researchers to pursue important projects as they see fit and insisting that this freedom not be abused but rather be used for positive good (not just for the researcher’s own private benefit). Using the four case studies provided as points of reference, you are to voice your view on how the Department of Health and Human Services should achieve this balance."

The twelve award-winning students in Dr. Burnet's class: Amy Miller, Nick Pappe, Nancy Streckfus, Corey Masterson, Tenesha Israel, Sharon Smith, Michael Meyer, Robert Knight, Olivia Thompson, Raven Yousey, Nicholas Scott, and Ehren Schultz.

To see their award winning opinion pieces, please see: 2012 Public Anthropology Award Winners

Of the students’ achievement, Dr. Burnet said, “I was simply awed by my students’ responses. They wrestled with some complex ethical issues at the heart of research involving humans. They really rose to the challenge and made me proud.”

According to Dr. Rob Borofsky, Director of the Center for a Public Anthropology, "Professor Burnet has played an integral part in Public Anthropology’s online student community, showcasing the ability of Louisville students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. She demonstrates how combining technology with cultural concerns in academic courses positively engages students to participate in the broader world beyond their university, while gaining the skills needed for a productive, active life after graduation."

The Center for a Public Anthropology is a not-for-profit organization that encourages scholars and their students to address public problems in public ways.