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URI Anthropology Society

Lambda Alpha Honor Society


Lambda Alpha is the national honors organization for anthropology; the name "Lambda Alpha" is derived from the Greek words "Logos Anthropou," meaning "tthe study of man." The Alpha Rhode Island Chapter at the University of Rhode Island was founded in 2012 and is the first in Rhode Island. The society is student run, by members holding the offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.


Officers are elected during the Spring Semester for the upcoming school year, so if you would like to hold a position please contact the current officers as early as possible.

Benefits of Lambda Alpha Membership:

  • Membership in a national honors organization is beneficial for your resume. This is a lifetime membership, and you may list it among your honors/affiliations indefinitely.
  • Members of Lambda Alpha may submit their work for publication in the national Journal (see department secretary for details if you are interested).
  • The National Executive Office provides sizable scholarships each year to two outstanding undergraduate members nationally.
  • Members are eligible to purchase the Lambda Alpha Honors stole and/or pin to wear at commencement.

Membership Requirements:

  • Must be a junior or senior
  • Must have taken a minimum of 12 Anthropology course credits
  • Must have a minimum of 3.0 (B) cumulative overall GPA, and a major GPA of at least 3.3 (B+).

Joining Lambda Alpha:

  • Lifetime membership dues are $25.00 (includes certificate and membership card).
  • The Anthropology Department office, along with Lambda Alpha officers, solicits new members for Lambda Alpha once a year. Anthropology majors meeting the requirements listed above will be contacted by the department.
  • Any interested students are welcome to contact the current society officers and/or adviser.
  • New members are accepted once every semester which totals twice in an academic year.

Current Officers of 2012-13

President: Jocelyn Hopkins

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Department Adviser: Dr. Peters

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News & Announcements

New Faculty in Sociology:

Dr. Melanie S. Brasher has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2013. Prior to coming to URI, Dr. Brasher was a visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dickinson College. Her appointment is a joint appointment in Sociology and in Human Development and Family Studies where she will participate in the Gerontology program. For more info click here.

Dr. Hilda Lloreans has joined the department as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2005. Prior to coming to URI, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University and a Lecturer at Middlebury College. She has also held positions as a Research Associate at the University of Puerto Rico and at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Connecticut. For more info click here.

Early Career Faculty Research Award

For the second year in a row, an anthropologist has been awarded the University’s Early Career Research Award. Assistant Professor Holly Dunsworth received the 2014 award for her research comparing energy use in apes and other mammals with particular reference to how the energetics and metabolic parameters of pregnancy, fetal growth, infant growth, and lactation and how those determine the timing of birth in humans and other mammals. Kudos to Holly!!!

Department contacts

Department Chair
Leo Carroll,

Justice, Law & Society Minor Coordinator
Professor Leo Carroll,

Administrative Assistant
Theresa Nobile,