Congratulations to Rachel Heil, the 2020 Sherri Gust Memorial Scholarship Recipient!

Rachel Heil has been awarded the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society (PCAS) Sherri Gust Memorial Scholarship. Sherri, the founder and president of Cogstone, was a PCAS Life Member and past president. The 2020 scholarship was funded by donations from her family, friends, and associates along with a generous donation from PCAS.

Rachel is a senior at California State University, Fullerton. Rachel began as a child collecting rocks, flowers, leaves and bugs in her own back yard. Later, as an art student, she developed an interest in skeletal structures and, ultimately, what skeletal remains can tell us about an individual and its life. She then realized that her various interest came together in the field of anthropology and decided this was her field of study. Rachel’s osteology and forensic anthropology classes enabled her to be accepted to a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of South Alabama where she studied 4,500-year-old skeletal remains from the tombs in the United Arab Emirates. Rachel plans to continue on to a master’s degree and possibly a doctoral degree. She says her primary focus is human osteological analysis, but she is also considering museum, curation, and bioarchaeological research or positions involving the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Congratulations Rachel!

Read a summary of her research.

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