UNLV Anthropology PhD Student Kara Jones Receives NSF GRFP Award

Kara Jones, UNLV Anthropology Graduate Student and NSF GRFP Awardee

Kara Jones, UNLV Anthropology Graduate Student and NSF GRFP Award Recipient

Mar. 25, 2021

Congratulations to UNLV Anthropology PhD student Kara Jones! Kara received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Award. This is a prestigious and impactful award that will help support Kara during her continued graduate research and training. Kara shares further background on her interests and the award:

I received my undergraduate degree from CSU Bakersfield focusing on lithics and the archaeology of the Mojave Desert and Great Basin. I worked in CRM and museums during my undergrad and after I graduated before attending graduate school here at UNLV. My advisor is Dr. Barbara Roth. My research focus is lithic technologies in the Mojave Desert and Great Basin and how these technologies inform us of changing subsistence and mobility patterns, specifically in relation to Holocene lakes. My Master's thesis is an analysis of the lithics of Lake Ivanpah and their relationship to lake fluctuations over time. My dissertation topic, of which my NSF grant was awarded for, is entitled "Lithic Technologies and Subsistence Patterns of the Cronese Basin, CA,." My dissertation research is an analysis of the archaeology of Cronese Basin, focusing on lithic procurement and distribution, as well as possible ceramic manufacture and trade. In both projects I am focusing on utilizing existing collections and data, as well as targeted field methods to address the curation crisis and advocate for ethical archaeological practices.