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About the course

Biological anthropology is undergoing rapid and significant change in the 21st century. Biological anthropologists are developing broader interests beyond traditional themes in academic departments of anthropology, and finding new job opportunities in and outside of academia. Biological anthropologists can be found in medical schools, schools of public health, many companies producing pharmaceuticals and dietary items, and at major government research organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Biological anthropology draws its students from a wide variety of disciplines that include the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Biomedical anthropology is an emerging subdisciplinary area within biological anthropology. It represents the interface between biomedicine and the behavioral and social sciences that shape health status. As such, it does more than give lip service to integrating cross-disciplinary approaches. It represents an educational philosophy that has been recommended as part of an innovative graduate training initiative (1995 Reshaping the Graduate Education of Scientists and Engineers, National Academy Press) implemented by the National Science Foundation (NSF Announcement 98:96).

Biomedical anthropology emphasizes biomedical, biobehavioral, epidemiological and evolutionary approaches to understanding the transmission and dissemination of disease, the cellular and molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, and the dynamic interaction of biological and sociocultural factors that shape health outcomes.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
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Entry Requirements

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.

 Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Cheng Sun

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.

Alysa Pomer

PhD candidate - Biomedical Anthropologist
Year admitted: 2009 (MS), 2011 (MA/PhD)
Advisor: J. Koji Lum

Research Interests

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.

Current Projects:
-“Healthy Women, Healthy Communities”. PI: Kelsey Dancause (UQAM).
-Vanuatu Health Transitions Project. PI: Ralph Garruto, J. Koji Lum.

Robert C. Champion, III

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.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Candidates must:
-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.

Application Procedure

To apply, answer "yes" to the Clark Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Clark Fellowship Essay.

Further Information

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.

Value of Scholarship(s)



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.

Application Procedure

To apply or for more information, see the Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship webpage.

Further Information

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
-Faculty mentoring
-Participation in professional conferences and meetings
-Links to research and professional opportunities
-Enriched academic services and support

Value of Scholarship(s)

$30,000 stipend + additional benefits


Eligibility Criteria:

-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

Application Procedure

To apply, visit the LSAMP webpage and click the link at the bottom of the page

Further Information

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.

Value of Scholarship(s)



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.

Application Procedure

To apply, complete and submit the University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship Application form.

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