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Student Profile: Valentina Martinoia Zamolo
Archaeology doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment
I am a PhD student in the Department of Archaeology at SFU. I moved to Canada from Italy, where I received my BA degree in Archaeological Science at "La Sapienza" University of Rome and my MA in Archaeology at the University of Bologna, both cum laude. I was also lucky enough to spend the last six months of my MA degree in Zagreb (Croatia), where I carried out my MA thesis research and completely fell in love with the country!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
My main reason for choosing SFU was that it offered me the privilege to be mentored by Dr. Michael Richards, a top-level expert in stable isotope analysis and whose research interests perfectly match mine. Additionally, the Department of Archaeology at SFU is equipped with a modern Archaeology Isotope Laboratory, an essential component to my research.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
My PhD research here at SFU aims to investigate ancient subadult diet and potential stigmas in sociocultural practices of postnatal care and assist throughout the Neolithic (ca. 6000-3000 BCE) in Croatia using stable isotope analysis.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I really like SFU's multicultural and academically-stimulating environment, but above all, I love my lab group!
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
I received the Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship, which has been allowing me to focus on my research and be financially independent.
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