Three Anthropology Research Students Win Graduate School Competitions

11 March 2014

Gemma Price's Poster

Congratulations to Gemma Price, Kaya Uzel and Jesse Bia, who won the prizes of this year's Graduate School Competitions.

Gemma Price's poster "Signals in the skull: Quantifying and mapping phylogenic signal in cranium of strepsirrhine primates" won the runner-up prize on Research Poster Competition in the Arts & Humanities, Laws, Social & Historical Sciences category, while Kaya Uzel and Jesse Bia won the second and third prize of Review Competition respectively.

Gemma is a PhD student in Biological Anthropology, her research looks at the shape of the cranium in primates, specifically lemurs, lorises and bushbabies. The winning poster focuses on how the shape of the skull is indicative of genetic relationships in extant species; using 3D geometric morphometric analysis. Gemma also examine the effect of geographic location and environmental conditions on the shape of the skull. When combined this knowledge can be extrapolated to help infer species relationships within the fossil record.

Kaya is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology. Located at the intersection between the anthropology of art and the anthropology of development, his research explores the religious politics of iconoclasm in the context of a German-funded development project in Burkina Faso. Originally from Germany, Kaya has received his BA in Anthropology and Law from the LSE and his MA in Continental Philosophy from Durham University.   

Jesse is also a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology, with a topical focus on medical anthropology and a longtime regional specialization in Japan. Receiving his BA from the University of Rochester back in his home country of the USA, and his MPhil from the University of Oxford, he continues to examine the perceptions/societal perspectives surrounding modern and traditional regenerative medicine and organ transplantation in Japan, most recently conducting fieldwork in Kobe and Tokyo.

Some of the winning posters will be posted on Graduate School website over the coming weeks.

The winning reviews will be published in Opticon1826, UCL’s academic journal run by postgraduate students.