2014 Outstanding Anthropology Graduate in the Biological Anthropology Concentration
Lauren Kenney was awarded the Outstanding Anthropology Graduate in the Biological Anthropology Concentration. Lauren considers herself a non-traditional student. She commuted to school every day and drove to Glasgow to work. While her schedule didn't leave much time for her to take part in after-school activities, she did take advantage of opportunities during summer and spring break. Kenney went to the University of Tennessee and took two of their short courses at the Body Farm. She took any opportunity to see lectures by visiting scholars like William Bass, an expert in forensics.
Kenney considers Dr. Applegate a great mentor. She feels that the last class that she took with Dr. Applegate, Bioarchaeology, was the best example of what it was truly like to be an anthropologist. At a site in Warren County, the class did a full-fledged site report where they examined the remains found there. They wrote a report for it and did a conference paper. Lauren's first class on WKU's main campus was Cultural Anthropology with Dr. Powell. She credits that class with really opening her eyes to all the possibilities of anthropology. She also really enjoyed the Cultural Diversity in the U.S. class with Barry Kaufkins at the Glasgow campus. She states, "I fell in love with reading all of the ethnographies. That's what made me want to take an anthropology class here on main campus."
She is considering apply to graduate school for forensic anthropology or forensic archaeology. Kenney explains, "I have a passion for bones in general. I feel like it's a great equalizer for humans. All humans have them. I like the puzzle that I get to put together when I see these remains. "After she finishes her studies, Kenney says that she would love to be a working forensic anthropologist in Kentucky. She explains, "I know it would be a lot of work but my passion is for this area in general. I love Kentucky. I love where I come from and I think there's a real need for it in this state."