Anthropology Graduate Students Receive Prestigious Research Grants

March 29, 2013

Victoria Weaver and Krisha Pruhs, two graduate students from the Anthropology department, have received external grants to complete their research studies.

Victoria Weaver has received one of 7 grants from the International Primatological Society to fund her MA thesis research on the “Drunken Monkey Hypothesis,” which will have important implications for our understanding of alcohol consumption and abuse among humans.  This grant is for $1500.  Applicants included PhD candidates and senior researchers, so this is truly an honor.  Victoria’s committee chair is Dr. Christina Campbell.

Krisha Pruhs has received a 3-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, approximately $121,000, which includes a stipend and tuition.  Her project is entitled, “Social Dimensions of Biotechnology: Women and Genetically Modified Organisms in California.”  In this research, she seeks to understand why women make up the vast majority of participants in the anti-GMO movement.  This research has broader implications for the nature of engagement in grassroots civic, environmental, social justice, and political movements.  Krisha’s committee chair is Dr. Kim Kirner.