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Student Profile: Jen Hogan
I'm a returnee to academia after battling it out in the workforce for a few years. I love studying archaeology, but will happily hear about any other subject as well. Outside of academia I like to spin, weave, and take advantage of Vancouver's proximity to an amazing wilderness.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
SFU has an excellent archaeology program, with a strong presence in BC-based archaeology.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH.
I'm studying stone projectile points, that is arrowheads and spear points, in the southwestern boreal forest. I hope to be able to sort previously-collected points into discrete groups and, ideally, place them along a timeline in pre-colonial history.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AT SFU?
There is such a diverse range of specialties in my department that there is always the opportunity to learn something new.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
I was a recipient of a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship for 2020-2021, as well as the Roy L. Carlson Grad Scholarship and a departmental graduate fellowship for fall 2020. These awards have allowed me to focus on my research without needing to find additional work . I'm particularly grateful for these awards during the Covid-19 crisis, as the lack of financial pressure has alleviated a considerable amount of stress and uncertainty.
DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM FOR THOSE SEARCHING.
The SFU archaeology department will give you a strong theoretical background, and make sure you're prepared (with a reasonable goal and plans) to set out in your research.
The relatively small size of our department means increased connections, and you'll find support from multiple quarters besides your supervisor and committee.