History major, Laurel Schafer was recently selected as a fall 2017 recipient of the Integrative Learning Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit excellence while participating in integrative experiences such as internships, study abroad opportunities or independent studies.
This past summer, Laurel was invited by Ancient Near Eastern Societies’ Professor, Dr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni, to participate in a summer research project. Dr. Earley-Spadoni traveled with three other students to take part in a collaborative research project between The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia and the University of Central Florida.
Because of her efﬁciency and attention to detail, Laurel had the opportunity to act as both the photographer and registrar for the archaeological ﬁeld project, which are duties typically reserved for advanced PhD students or archaeological specialists.
In addition to taking part in primary research, Laurel can also add “bear slayer” to her resume. She encountered a Syrian Brown Bear while surveying high altitudes in Armenia. Laurel responded by punching the bear in face as hard as she could. Startled, the bear ran away leaving Laurel with only superﬁcial injuries and a pretty cool story.