Graduating Year: 2024
Education: Anthropology major, Ancient Civilization minor, Biology minor, History minor, Interdisciplinary Honors minor
Ansley is a very active student scholar. She is currently (summer 2023) conducting a summer research on the development of social relationships in wild olive baboons at the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project in Laikipia, Kenya under the mentorship of Dr. Monica Wakefield. Her research was funded by Collaborative Faculty-Student Project Award by NKU College of Arts and Sciences (awarded to Dr. Monica Wakefield with Ansley Cahill as named student); and Swarts-Milburn Undergraduate Research Fellowship, NKU College of Arts and Sciences (Awarded to Ansley Cahill).
Ansley is a recipient of Founders Merit-Based Scholarship. In April 2023, Ansley presented an original research at the Committee on Diversity Undergraduate Research Symposium at the American Association of Biological Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Reno, NV. Ansley’s academic performance is outstanding. She currently has a GPA of 3.9, and she has consistently been on the Dean’s and the President’s Honor’s lists since 2020. She is a very active community member.
She is a member of the Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society as well as the Baboon Lab Group (Fall 2022 – present). She also serves as a University Housing Residential Assistant (Fall 2022 – present). She has also served as Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for ANT 202 Biological Anthropology (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022). Ansley is the current Vice-President of the SAPiens Student Society.
In her future plans, Ansley would like to continue working with Dr. Wakefield and the Baboon Lab Group to analyze the data she collects this summer to present at multiple conferences over the academic year. After graduation in Spring 2024, Ansley plans to pursue graduate studies in Biological or Archaeological Anthropology.
Graduating Year: Senior student
Education: Philosophy major; Religious Studies minor; Ancient Civilizations minor
Graduating Year: 2024
Education: Psychology Major; Sociology Minor
Diana Hickerson is a senior completing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. With a passion to always continue learning, having the opportunity to complete her degree online allows her to pursue that goal while also doing other meaningful things in her life. Outside of school, she works at the local Senior Center, where she enjoys having the chance to make a difference in the lives of the senior citizens in her community.
Graduating Year: Senior
Education: English major (Creative Writing track); Philosophy minor
Siriruay "Ploy" Methakitwarun
Graduating Year: 2020
Education: Sociology Major; Minor in International Studies and Social Justice Studies.
Career: PhD. Student in Sociology
Ploy is currently pursuing a PhD. degree in Sociology at Florida State University, with a focus on immigration adaptation and social demography. After finishing her B.S. Sociology degree at NKU, Ploy went on to complete a Masters’ degree in Sociology degree at Florida State University, with the Thesis: “Immigrant generation, home leaving, and parent-child relationships.” She has served as the Listserv coordinator for the Population section of the American Sociological Association (2021-2023).
Ploy wowed everyone with her original research throughout her undergraduate years at NKU. She presented at both regional and state conferences. Her paper, “Leaving the Nest: Does Parental Closeness Matter to Immigrant Generations,” was awarded 1st place in the undergraduate division of the 2020 Jules Delambre Student Paper Contest sponsored by the Anthropologists & Sociologists of Kentucky. Ploy was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honor society and served as the Sociology Club’s president for two years. Beyond earning the department’s Outstanding Graduating Senior in Sociology award, Ploy also earned the Southern Demographic Association’s Outstanding Student Paper Award. She also spent the summer of 2019 participating in the Research Experience for Undergraduates [REU] in Race, Ethnicity and Family Demography at the Population Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin.
Graduating Year: 2020
Education: Anthroplogy Major
Career: Graduate Student
Allison is a Graduate Student at Goucher College, with a focus on cultural sustainability. She previously worked at the Ojibwe cultural museum on the Mille Lacs Reservation. Her position allowed her to attend community ceremonies and learn historical Native American skills. She has also worked at the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond (in Texas) as the site supervisor of two historical homes at this living history museum. She has also worked in museums in many different departments in Ohio and Minnesota. Her anthropology degree helped her to develop skills and experiences in program design, visitor/membership services, historic interpretation, historic home preservation and management.
Graduating Year: Sophomore student
Education: Organizational Leadership Major; Anthropology Minor
Graduating Year: 2013
Education: B.S. in Radiation Therapy; Healthcare Ethics and Policy Minor
Career: Radiation therapy
Graduating Year: 2017
Education: Philosophy Major; Criminal Justice Major
Career: JD, Law, 2021 from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Class of 2021 valedictorian; Editor-in-Chief, Northern Kentucky Law Review (2020-2021).
Currently employed as Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.