Colleen Cheverko awarded a Presidential Fellowship

February 20, 2018
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Anthropology graduate student Colleen Cheverko has been awarded a highly competitive Presidential Fellowship by the Graduate School. Here is a description of Colleen's research: Several studies in modern human variation explain how stress experienced during childhood is associated with patterns of growth and development in children and subsequent mortality risk in adults. Current understandings of these tradeoffs between growth and mortality are based on data derived from modern populations, and the extent to which these patterns apply to past populations is debated. My research addresses correlations between indicators of childhood stress and mortality risk in the past through analyzing three skeletal samples from broad temporal, environmental, and cultural contexts (historic Missouri, prehistoric California, and prehistoric Alaska).