Sara Fitzpatrick

Sara Fitzpatrick

B.A. Anthropology, Ancient Civilizations/Museum Studies, 2013 University of Iowa

Academic Biography:

Q. Where is your study area located? I hope to do my field research in Sicily in the summer of 2014

Q. What is your focus of research? I am curently still in the process of compiling my focus together, however I study the Ancient Mediterranean, primarily Ancient Greece.

Q. Why did you choose NIU? The Anthropology and Archaeology Masters program at NIU is one of the best in the country, it was not a hard decision choosing NIU as my next step after the University of Iowa

Q. Who is your advisor? Why did you choose to work with this professor? My advisor is Dr. Michael Kolb. When first applying to NIU I did a lot of research on the faculty to make sure I chose a professor that really understood what I wanted to accomplish while I was at NIU. Proessor Kolb definitely fit that description. His research in Sicily was exactly what I was hoping to do and fulfill while at NIU.

Q. What advice would you like to share with incoming students? Always work your hardest and never be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions is one of the best ways to learn and truly understand what you are studying. Also, READ, It my sound redundant and your teachers will tell you this all the time, but it's the truth. Always read the material, you may feel like it's pointless now, but come time for the exam, you'll want to have to read the material. One last thing, enjoy this experience!! College goes by fast, take in every second of it. :-)

Research Projects:

  • At University of Iowa I was the author of a children's book that would be displayed at the Natural History Museum on campus. It included biographies, pictures, and details of past museum presidents, donators, and "fossil finders" that I had to research. This showed students, faculty, and others the importance of our museum.
  • I was part of the research done within our Paleontology repository at the University of Iowa to help students learn more about the artifacts and specimens that we have on campus.