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The Anthropology Department's faculty and graduate students are and have been involved in many activities of a professional nature. Several were involved in the Local Level Revenue Development Project, funded by USAID in the 1980s and run by the Maxwell School in Jamaica, Bangladesh, Upper Volta, and the Philippines. Another works regularly for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN. Currently, one faculty member is involved in a project focusing on poverty in Onondaga County. A number of the faculty are engaged in long-term overseas research in West Africa, in South Asia, and in Latin America, respectively. Members of the department regularly serve on national and international committees of organizations like the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright, and the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Graduate students in anthropology are encouraged to attend professional meetings and many present the results of their research at a variety of such forums, including the American Anthropological Association, Asian Studies Association, African Studies Association, Latin American Studies Association, and Society for Historical Archaeology. Departmental and university funding can usually cover a major portion of these costs. Students are also encouraged to publish papers in major journals.

We hold departmental Speakers Series at 3:30 on Thursdays, with presentations by students, faculty, and guest speakers. Guests have included Graham Connah from the archaeology department at the University of New England in Australia, Stanley Brandes of University of California at Berkeley, Sidney Mintz of Johns Hopkins University.

The Gordon Bowles Essay Prize is awarded annually for the best paper on an anthropological topic submitted by an undergraduate anthropology major, minor or medical anthropology minor, and the best paper on an anthropological topic submitted by an anthropology graduate student.

The Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (PARCC) offers students interested in social conflict studies research and travel support. PARC awards Certificates in Applied Conflict Resolution, International Peace Studies, Environmental Conflict Resolution and Social movements and Conflict Studies. PARCC is also the home of the Syracuse Social Movement Initiative (SSMI), through which interested graduate students may participate in collaborative action research projects in a local social movement organization as coordinated by Anthropology Department faculty. The Women's Studies Program provides another forum for student involvement, with a number of study groups on issues of gender and an active seminar series. Students who desire can qualify for a graduate Certificate in Women Studies Studies.

Graduate students also participate in the Future Professoriate Program, the (archaeological) Summer Field School, and area studies. For example, South Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and The Global Affairs Institute, at The Maxwell School, organize workshops and lectures in which anthropology faculty and graduate students participate and/or attend.

Graduate students are also elected to various departmental and university-level committees. Students can gain experience as representatives on library, faculty, speaker, tenure, and search committees among others.

Graduate students are active in the Syracuse University Graduate Student Organization and seek funding for special events through this organization. Anthropology Graduate Students also have their own Graduate Student Organization.

The Undergraduate Anthropology Club is an undergraduate student organization funded by the Syracuse Student Association. Their activities include films, study trips (to the Smithsonian and local zoo), and speakers.

A local branch, Delta of New York,  of Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology,  was formed at Syracuse in 1989, with four undergraduate students with averages of 3.5 or better as the initial inductees. Criteria for graduate student membership will be developed in the coming year.