Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2nd Annual BANDIT Happy Hour at AAPA 2011!

Come one, come all to the 2nd Annual BANDIT Early Career Happy Hour! Based on the success of last year's inaugural event and the growth of the BANDIT community, the powers that be in AAPA have agreed to provide us with space to hold another extravaganza at the upcoming meeting in Minneapolis! I am excited and proud that AAPA is celebrating how awesome y'all are.

Happy Hour:
Saturday, April 16
Rochester Room
(more details to follow)

The primary audience for the Happy Hour is a mixed bag: post-coursework PhD's, postdoctoral researchers, junior and adjunct faculty, etc. We hope to provide a venue for folks in the early stages of their professional anthropology careers to meet one another in a fun and relaxed setting. However, the doors are open to anyone interested in career development in biological anthropology. Beyond a few comments of welcome, there won't be a formal program - just a chance to enjoy the final night of the conference and maybe forge some new friendships and collaborations.

But it doesn't stop there! Indeed, Saturday is Early Career Day at AAPA 2011. Earlier in the afternoon Joel Irish and the rest of the Career Development Committee (me too - I just joined!) will be hosting what promises to be an awesome workshop entitled "How to Write a Successful Grant Proposal." This isn't just for students - more seasoned researchers will pick up some great tips. With Kaye Reed (NSF), Leslie Aiello (Wenner-Gren), and Paddy Moore (Leakey) on the panel, you can't go wrong.

Grant Workshop:
Saturday, April 16
noon-2pm (bring your lunch with you)
Directors Row 2

And capping off the evening is the Student Awards Reception, immediately following the BANDIT Happy Hour in the same room. This is a great opportunity to show your support for excellence in student research. As a member of that committee as well I can personally attest to the impressively high quality of the work our students are producing, and I am so pleased that the AAPA offers many opportunities for recognition of that excellence.

Student Awards Reception:
Saturday, April 16
Rochester Room

That's right, BANDITs; you are the filling in this tremendous sandwich of career development awesomeness. Isn't that satisfying?

ETA: My dear friend and brilliant colleague Dr. Robin Nelson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of California at Riverside, will be the contact person at the meeting regarding the Happy Hour as I will be on maternity leave.


  1. Hi Julienne, any chance that we could move this happy hour to Friday? Many of us leave on Sat afternoon.

    All the best,


  2. Unfortunately, Friday conflicts with the special interest group meetings and various business meetings.