The Department of Sociology & Anthropology offers several advanced laboratories for the enhancement of student learning and applied research. These labs contribute to our students' experiential learning. As each student learns in unique ways, the academic work done in the labs not only develops new skills but also provides a new way of seeing and applying lessons from the classroom. The Labs cultivate experiential learning of analytic thinking and fact-based decision making. Our department utilizes a natural science model in our study of social sciences and the humanities. Students begin benefiting early in their education by entering the labs as freshmen and sophomores. The principal investigators for labs also are engaged in cutting-edge applied research. The labs offers an array research opportunities for students who have a desire to work on academic publications, grants, and applied solutions to local challenges.
Principal Investigator: Mary R. Vermilion, Ph.D.
About the lab: The Archaeology lab is located
on the third floor of Morrissey Hall and provides
an excellent workspace in which students can
explore and contribute to the science of
archaeology. Each semester, the lab provides
hands-on opportunities for students to explore
prehistoric and historic lithics, ceramics and
other materials to challenge their analytical
skills as they participate in the Garbage Project.
Forensic Science (FS) Lab
Principal Investigator: Richard Colignon, Ph.D.
About the lab: Teaching and research lab explores
chemical and biological evidence as it applies
to civil and criminal law.
||Health Policy Research Lab
Principal Investigator: Hisako Matsou, Ph.D.
About the lab: The Health Policy Research (HPR) Lab
focuses on applied and community-based research relevant
to health issues. This lab is headed by Hisako Matsuo, Ph.D.,
and there are several students assisting Dr. Matsuo for her
funded research projects. Examples of research include:
access to healthcare among immigrants, physical and mental
health of older adults, refugee children's health, language
development of internationally adopted children, artificial
reproductive treatment, and care-giving insurance. Our graduate
assistants (in alphabetic order of last name): Melissa Garcia,
Savitri Grover, Habiba Ibrahim, and Hayford Nshia.
For more information, contact Dr. Matsuo.
Geospatial Science Research and Innovation Lab
Principal Investigator: J.S. Onésimo Sandoval
About the lab: The GeoSRI lab explores the
intersection of spatial statistics, demography,
inequality, policy, and justice.