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RIC student wins paper prized at anthropology conference


Alicia Kristen Roberts
RIC senior Alicia Kristen Roberts was selected as a winner of the 2010 John Omohondro Undergraduate Student Paper Prize at the Northeastern Anthropological Association’s 50th annual meeting held at SUNY at Buffalo on March 5 and 6.

The prize winners were announced on March 7 at the annual banquet. There was one other undergraduate prize and no graduate student prizes awarded this year.

Her paper, “Tutors’ Tales: Rituals of Initiation in Rhode Island College’s Writing Center,” is based on her honors project, advised by RIC adjunct professor Edgar Martin del Campo.

Her research uses interviews, participant observation and other sources to examine Rhode Island College’s Writing Center. She received support from the Destefano Fund at Rhode Island College to complete aspects of the study.

The NEAA conference draws professional and student anthropologists from Canada to Pennsylvania and Maine to New York, although it is primarily attended by anthropologists from the New England states. RIC hosted the conference in 2009.