Jordi Rivera Prince – 2017-2018, Research, Peru
Hi all! My name is Jordi, and I did a Fulbright Open Research to Peru in 2017-2018. I’m a bioarchaeologist, which means that I analyze human remains recovered from archaeological contexts. I was a first-gen/low-income graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, where I initially got training in osteology.
After graduation, took a gap year and worked as a researcher at the @smithsoniannmnh. My advisor encouraged me to apply for a Fulbright before starting grad school—so I took his advice, and I’m really happy I did!
During my Fulbright, I excavated in Huanchaco, a small surfing & fishing village on the north coast, just outside of Trujillo. I was able to dig for 4 months, and the remaining time I worked in the lab at the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo. While the experience itself was amazing, I was very lucky to collaborate with a local archaeologist, who is now my PhD advisor at the University of Florida.
My project is directly focused on the work I did during my Fulbright, and gave me a little bit of a “head start” with graduate school. I’ve returned to Huanchaco three times since my Fulbright to do the work I started during that year, and it’s always so great to feel like I’m coming back to my second home. 😊
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