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The Undergraduate Research Center's Fall Faculty Workshop has traditionally been an opportunity for faculty enrichment and collaboration regarding undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities. Mentoring undergraduate students has been shown to increase faculty productivity and student retention and promote positive, long-lasting academic outcomes. The 2013 Workshop will be held on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 featuring Dr. Bethany Usher.  Please see the  agenda for more information about the seminar and workshop sessions. 


The 2013 Fall Faculty Workshop will feature Dr. Bethany Usher who 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.

How to Apply

Applications for the Saturday Workshop are now closed. Thank you for your interest.