The anthropology facilities provide research, teaching, and training support for faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology, and to students, colleagues and Post-Doctoral Fellows outside the department who collaborate with Program Faculty. There are a total of ten laboratories (described below), which add a unique research and training dimension to the Department's programs, including the Biomedical MS Program. (http://anthro.binghamton.edu/BiomedWebsite/index.shtml) The facilities are located in both Science 1 and Science 3 buildings just a short distance from one another. These facilities consist of both wet (7) and dry (3) laboratories. The wet laboratories are renovated state-of-the-art facilities for microbial, cellular and molecular studies at biosafety levels 2 and 3 and for forensic DNA identification and ancient DNA studies. The dry laboratories are for paleontological, osteological, physiological and morphological studies. A large amount of research is conducted through these facilities and their collections. The research represented is international in scope and is usually connected with ongoing field research programs in Latin America, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, Europe, and the USA.
Over 50 percent of all anthropology PhDs and many more bachelor's and master's recipients find employment outside the academic world. The Career Resource Library is designed to help familiarize students with the variety of careers open to people with anthropological training. The library is maintained in the department office (S1-137) and you may browse the collection at your leisure. Materials cover careers outside as well as within anthropology. Topics include how to use anthropological skills in industry, business, management and health research; how to teach anthropology; careers as independent consultants; ethnographic research; preparing to become an applied anthropologist; and the nature of anthropological fieldwork. The Career Resource Library is available for students to browse any time the department office is open. You may sign titles out for a limited period, but are asked to be considerate and return them in a timely fashion.
The Alumni Network
Another way to envision your future is to talk with people who have been in your situation — alumni of the Anthropology Department who have gone on to graduate school, or made careers outside of anthropology. The department maintains a database, available in the Career Resource Library in the Anthropology Department Office (S1-137) that lists current jobs held by our alumni, their advice to current students and their perspectives on how anthropology has contributed to what they are doing today. Take the time to read through the 'Advice Bank' section of the Alumni survey for tips from people who have been where you are! This information can prove helpful as you decide on the courses you should take while here, and in envisioning your life beyond the University.
Last Updated: 9/14/13