Doris Paredes, a sophomore anthropology major at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was in Spain this summer taking part in a pair of excavations thanks to a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
“When I received the e-mail from the Gilman Scholarship Committee, I was very excited. I wasn’t sure if the trip I had planned was going to be possible because of monetary issues, but I knew that with the scholarship I would be able to attend the field school,” Paredes said. “And to be honest, I was even more excited when I went to the Gilman website and realized that they had awarded me $5,000. This would pay for the majority of my expenses.”
Paredes took part in the Field School for Quaternary Palaeoanthropology and Prehistory of Murcia, S.E. Spain. The field school had her excavating at Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Rio Quipar and then at Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo. Excavation has been going on for 20 years at these two sites.
“I have always been interested in learning about our evolutionary past and anthropology allows me to do this,” noted Paredes, a 2010 graduate of the Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, which is located the Los Angeles Harbor College campus in Wilmington. “My focus is in physical anthropology and this school will provide me with the training I need to ultimately obtain a fulfilling job and the life that I desire.”
A resident of the Watts area of Los Angeles, Paredes was one of three CSULB students recognized as recipients of a Gilman Scholarship recently, but hers was the only award for a summer program.