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Mary Vermilion, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005
Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999
Master of Science in Written Communications, National-Louis University, 1998
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with additional major in Sociology/Anthropology and a minor in Science, National-Louis University, 1997

Research Interests

  • Prehistoric North American archaeology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • American Indians
  • Shamanism
  • Prehistoric Mica utilization
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Paleopathology

Honors and Awards

  • Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology Grant: Awarded March, 2014
  • Gift of $1600 from Field Museum visitors to the excavation, 2012
  • Faculty Development Grant ($2000): Awarded August, 2011
  • Powell Archaeological Research Center Grant, $8000, 2010
  • Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology Grant: Awarded April, 2009
  • Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology Grant: Awarded April, 2007
  • University of Illinois Graduate Fellowship: August 2002-August 2003
  • University of Illinois at Chicago Provost’s Award for Graduate Research: Awarded December, 2001
  • National-Louis University Distinguished Alumni Award, May 5, 2001
  • Lambda Alpha (National Anthropology Honor Society)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (Honor Society)
  • Chicago Archaeological Society Research Grant: Awarded November, 2000
  • President’s Alumni Task Force, 1998
  • Commencement Speaker, National-Louis University: June 13, 1998
  • National-Louis University Dean’s Grant
  • Recognition for Outstanding Services to National-Louis University, Awarded June, 1998
  • National-Louis University Graduate Fellowship: August 1997-August 1998
  • Student Leadership Award, National Louis University Students in Free Enterprise: 1996-1997
  • Jack Brickhouse Scholarship
  • National-Louis University Transfer Recognition Award, 1994
  • Kappa Delta Pi (International Education Honor Society): Awarded May, 1997 
  • Sigma Phi Alpha (Dental Hygiene Honor Society)
  • National Honor Society

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Register of Professional Archaeologists (Current)
  • Cave Research Foundation (Current)
  • Writer’s Guild of America (Current)
  • American Anthropological Association 
  • Society for American Archaeology (Current)
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Southeastern Archaeological Conference (Current)
  • Illinois Archaeological Survey (Current)
  • Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology (Current)
  • Cahokia Archaeological Society (Current)
  • Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (Current)