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Akers focuses on Lakota for undergrad research

April 15, 2011
By Kayla Green

Andrea Akers, a senior anthropology major, has recently completed her thesis on the Lakota women for her undergraduate research and will be showcasing it at this year's CURC.

Learning about Lakota

It was after taking her first course in anthropology, that senior Andrea Akers realized the major resonated with her. After being encouraged by her professor to pursue the idea of undergraduate research, Akers decided to explore the cultural and capitalistic expectations of the Lakota women.

"My professor does research in Pineridge, and she was really a driving force for me. Dr. Brown has really pushed me, too, to get involved in CURC," said Akers.

Akers, who has recently completed her thesis about the Native American women and their participation within the economy, is more specifically focusing on the differences between Lakota men and women and how they gather resources and interact with a capitalistic society.

"Frequently, anthropology looks at race or class and fairly often women are left out of that discussion," Akers explains. But Akers hopes that will change.

It was after taking several women's studies course that Akers recognized the impact the courses had on her. "They've completely changed my world view. I can't ignore the privileges."

Akers plans to attend graduate school in the fall and eventually pursue her doctorate degree in anthropology, as well.

Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase

Akers, in addition to over 400 students, plans to attend the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase and encourages other students to get involved.

The CURC Showcase will be April 19 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.