STELLAR Student profile: Jessica Stanley-Asselmeier

Senior anthropology major Jessica Stanley-Asselmeier

A high school mission trip to Mexico City spurred Jessica Stanley-Asselmeier to pursue a career in anthropology.

“It was an amazing experience to be immersed into another culture that was so different from my own,” Stanley-Asselmeier said.  “From then on, it has always been a passion of mine to learn about other cultures.”

Stanley-Asselmeier was one of the students selected to receive the College of Arts and Science’s STELLAR student award. The award recognized high achieving students from various departments in the college. Her main interests are culture, economics and development anthropology, in particular, Latin American cultures.

“I hope to continue to graduate school and pursue a career in academics and collaborate with museums and non-governmental organizations through working with indigenous cultures in South America,” Stanley-Asselmeier said.

According to Stanley-Asselmeier, the main value of anthropology in our society is that it provides an opportunity to enhance our understanding of cultures throughout the world.

“The Anthropology program here at SIUE is a great program,” Stanley-Asselmeier said. “The professors are dedicated and supportive to their students’ academic goals [and] I am truly grateful for their guidance.”

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