Rebecca M. Philibert

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Rebecca M. Philibert is majoring in both anthropology and earth science and minoring in Latin American studies at the University of New Hampshire and will graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor of arts degree. Her research, which began with a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and continued through the following fall and spring, will culminate as her senior thesis and capstone project for her Earth science degree. Knowing of Becky’s combined passion for anthropology and Earth science, her adviser told her in her first year at UNH about the ongoing research on sediments from Belize, but it was only after archaeology field school in Belize that she became drawn to getting involved. Her work in a clean lab setting was a challenge, because all the processes involved were new to her. However, the experience helped Becky learn about the wide variety of areas within her chosen field, including the hard science that goes into analyzing information from an archaeological dig. Learning about the patience and flexibility required to complete a long research process, paired with her fieldwork experience, Becky feels, has given her a well-rounded base going into the graduate studies she plans to pursue in archaeology. She also points out that “the lab work has also shown me which parts of the field I’d like to go into and which I can respect from a distance.”