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A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university; AND Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required.
PhD student - Biological and Biomedical Anthropologist
Year admitted: 2009
Advisor: J. Koji Lum
I am a PhD candidate in anthropology specializing in biological and social risk factors for disease. My dissertation research focuses on 1) obesogenic effects of technology adoption in modernizing Vanuatu and 2) biological and psychological basis for Internet overuse among college students in the US. Topics of my other projects include molecular evolution of antimalarial resistance, effects of "Soylent" diet on human GI track microbiome, and genetic and cultural diversity in Palau.
PhD candidate - Biomedical Anthropologist
Year admitted: 2009 (MS), 2011 (MA/PhD)
Advisor: J. Koji Lum
Health transition, women’s health, evolutionary health, life history, stress, Pacific populations
KM Olszowy, A Pomer, KN Dancause, C Sun, H Silverman, G Lee, CW Chan, L Tarivonda, R Reganvanu, A Kaneko, CA Weitz, JK Lum, RM Garruto. 2015. Impact of modernization on adult body composition on five islands of varying economic development in Vanuatu. Am J Hum Biol, 27: 832-844.
Selected Conference Presentations
A Pomer, KM Olszowy, C Sun, KN Dancause, CW Chan, H Silverman, G Lee, L Tarivonda, G Taleo, M Abong, R Reganvanu, A Kaneko, CA Weitz, RM Garruto, JK Lum. 2015. Height and reproductive success in Ni-Vanuatu women. 40th Annual Meeting of the Human Biology Association, St. Louis, Missouri, March 25-26. (Poster presentation.)
A Pomer, CW Chan, KN Dancause, G Lee, KM Olszowy, H Silverman, C Sun, CA Weitz, SA Waldman, MM Fernandez, L Tarivonda, G Taleo, M Abong, R Reganvanu, A Kaneko, RM Garruto, JK Lum. 2013. Young women’s education as a social determinant of fertility in Vanuatu? 38th Annual Meeting of the Human Biology Association, Knoxville, Tennessee, April 10-11. (Poster presentation.)
A Pomer, CW Chan, KN Dancause, G Lee, KM Olszowy, H Silverman, C Sun, C Weitz, RM Garruto, JK Lum. 2012. Change in age at menarche in Vanuatu. 37th Annual Meeting of the Human Biology Association, Portland, Oregon, April 11-12. (Podium presentation.)
-Summer 2011: Vanuatu, South Pacific.
-Summer 2015: Vanuatu, South Pacific.
-“Healthy Women, Healthy Communities”. PI: Kelsey Dancause (UQAM).
-Vanuatu Health Transitions Project. PI: Ralph Garruto, J. Koji Lum.
MS student - Biomedical Anthropologist
Year admitted: 2015
Advisor: Koji Lum
Broadly, my interests relate to human health and disease. I am interested in how biological, environmental and cultural factors influence health status and how each factor contributes to health outcomes in specific populations. Currently, I collaborate on two projects at Binghamton University: Lyme disease research in New York State and health transitions in the Republic of Vanuatu (Micronesia). I apply an interdisciplinary approach to these research questions and other human health dilemmas. This approach draws from various disciplines including public health, anthropology, biology, sociology, and systems science. I believe an integrative approach offers a more inclusive and holistic understanding of human health and disease relationships.
The Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowships for Graduate Students, named for Clifford D. Clark, a former president of the University, are designed to support students who contribute to the diversity of the student body. The Clark Fellowship funding package, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit, includes an academic-year stipend, full-tuition scholarship, health insurance, research and travel opportunities and other benefits. Clark Fellows are guaranteed to receive support for a specific period, assuming satisfactory academic progress.
-Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
-Be newly admitted to a graduate program; and
-Demonstrate how they will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program.
To apply, answer "yes" to the Clark Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Clark Fellowship Essay.
Established in 1985 by colleagues of Elizabeth A. Knapp to honor her 19 years of service to the University, this scholarship assists non-traditional female students with demonstrated financial need who have experienced delays pursuing their education.
The scholarship is awarded to women at least 25 years of age who are admitted to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, with planned enrollment of at least 6 credits per semester.
To apply or for more information, see the Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship webpage.
The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded State University of New York (SUNY) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to Doctorate (BD) program at Binghamton University helps students obtain PhDs by providing financial support to pursue graduate study; faculty mentors to guide students academically and professionally; and a support network of staff to assist them in accomplishing their goals.
The benefits of becoming a SUNY LSAMP BD Fellow include:
-Tuition, fees and student health insurance waiver for first two years
-Stipend of $30,000 annually for first two years
-Level funding in years 3, 4, & 5 if qualified to advance to PhD
-Participation in professional conferences and meetings
-Links to research and professional opportunities
-Enriched academic services and support
$30,000 stipend + additional benefits
-Participation in an LSAMP program during undergraduate studies
-Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline with a 3.0 GPA or better
-U.S. citizen or permanent resident
-Acceptance into a STEM graduate program at Binghamton University
-Desire to pursue a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline
To apply, visit the LSAMP webpage and click the link at the bottom of the page
Other criteria considered include overall financial need; a recent or current demonstrated commitment to community service; and a clear vision of intended career goals. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.
Established in 2003 by the University Women's Club, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time, second-year female graduate student who demonstrates academic merit and a GPA of at least 3.7.
To apply, complete and submit the University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship Application form.