Posted: May 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm
Dr. Bethany Usher directs the Students as Scholars initiative through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR). OSCAR offers students the opportunity to get involved with research and creative activities, and helps faculty design courses to teach research skills. This year, OSCAR is celebrating the 5th annual Celebration of Student Scholarship on May 4th in the Center for the Arts, with hundreds of students and faculty participating.
Dr. Usher, a biological anthropologist, has a long history of working with undergraduate collaborators, getting them interested in studying graveyards to understand the social structure and health of past communities. Recently, she and her students have been working on projects studying why all the children in a medieval cemetery are shorter than expected, and how medieval and modern Amish cemeteries are organized. In the fall, she is teaching the anthropology course Food and Human Evolution.
Dr. Usher lives in Springfield with her husband, two kids, and three cats.