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BA Anthropology, UNC-CH 2019

Elijah received his BA in Anthropology at UNC in 2019 where he was also an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Amanda Thompson at the Carolina Population Center. Elijah’s senior thesis examined social determinants of diet quality in Galápagos using data from Ecuador’s national health and nutrition survey.

Elijah also received a UNC Frances L. Phillips Travel Scholarship, which supported postbaccalaureate gap-year travel to the Galapagos Islands and South Africa. While in Galapagos during the summer of 2019, Elijah worked with a team of UNC faculty and students on a study assessing microbial water quality and water access among households in Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. This summer research was funded by a UNC Undergraduate Research Consultant Team (URCT) grant.

Elijah has presented results from his Galapagos research at the annual meetings of the Human Biology Association. He is now pursuing a dual PhD in Anthropology and MPH in Epidemiology at Northwestern University.

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