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EMU Student Wins Poster Award at International Conference

Jenn Campos Ayala ISA Award

The Society for Archaeological Sciences selected EMU graduate student Jennifer Campos Ayala for one of two R. E. Taylor Poster Awards at the 42nd International Symposium on Archaeometry in Mérida, Mexico.  Jenn is a student in Dr. Ruth Ann Armitage’s lab; her poster, “Purple Dyes from the Carlos Museum Pre-Columbian Textiles Collection: Direct Mass Spectrometry and HPLC Analyses”, includes work that is part of an ongoing collaboration with conservators and art historians at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.  Posters were judged on “the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student” according to the SAS website. SAS describes the Taylor Awards as follows:

This prestigious award acknowledges innovative student contributions to archaeological research through the use of scientific methods, and has enhanced the careers of prominent young scholars and professionals for more than a decade. The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus R. Ervin Taylor of the University of California at Riverside for his outstanding contributions in the development and application of radiocarbon dating in archaeological research and his dedication to the founding of the Society for Archaeological Sciences; his leading role as President (1980) and General Secretary (1981-2002) of the Society; and his committed service as editor of the SAS Bulletin. Professor Taylor's many valuable contributions were recognized by the SAA in 2004 with the Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research. The award consists of $100 US, a one-year SAS membership and subscription to the SAS Bulletin.Jenn Campos Ayala Poster

Jenn is the second EMU student to be recognized with a poster award at the ISA meeting.  In 2012, EMU undergraduate chemistry student John Hopkins was selected as one of two Martin Aitken Award winners for his work presented at the 39th ISA in Leuven, Belgium.

In addition to this honor, Jenn has been recognized with an EMU Graduate School Research Support Award as well as the Martin and Antoinette Gorski Endowed Scholarship and the Summer Research Award.  Jenn is beginning her second year in the EMU Chemistry Master’s degree program, and is planning to continue her education with a Ph.D. in material science or analytical chemistry, which she hopes will lead to a job with NASA designing and building instruments for space missions.

Posted 6/13/18

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