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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Undergraduate Research Center

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Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/urc/faculty_workshop/workshop_bio.html

Dr. Bethany Usher spends as much time as possible in graveyards - she is a biological anthropologist who studies cemeteries from both osteological and archaeological perspectives to understand the social structure and health of past communities. Bethany directs the Students as Scholars initiative through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), and serves as an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE). She is a Councilor for Undergraduate Research Program Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research, and is co-chair of the 2014 CUR National Meetings. 

Prior to joining Mason in January 2010, she was faculty at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she established the Center for Undergraduate Research and served as its Director. At SUNY Potsdam, she was an Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology and chair of the Anthropology Department. She has a long history of collaborating with undergraduate researchers. 

Bethany attended the University of Virginia, earning her BA with majors Anthropology and Biology, and then went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Bioarchaeology.  She earned her PhD in biological anthropology at Pennsylvania State University, and as part of her dissertation research, spent a year in Denmark as a Fulbright Scholar, studying the human remains from a medieval Danish Cemetery. 

She lives in Springfield, Virginia, with her two daughters, Ciara and Braylee, and her archaeologist husband, Jaimin Weets. 

 

View her TEDxGeorgeMasonU talk entitled "Preparing Students For the World Through Undergraduate Research" here.