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Applications for doctoral studies are due to the Department of Anthropology on December 1st every year.
DR. AUERBACH WILL BE TAKING DOCTORAL STUDENTS FOR THE FALL OF 2017.

I am looking to recruit students for advanced, doctoral studies in skeletal biology, functional anatomy, and evolutionary modeling. See below for more specific information about my preferences for doctoral students. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies with me, I strongly advise that you contact me directly.

The general criteria on which I select students for the doctoral program is the same as those used by the Department of Anthropology’s doctoral program at The University of Tennessee. Please go to this page for a list of these criteria. While I do not have absolute criteria beyond these, I prefer to take students who have the following qualities:

  • Demonstrated ability for independent, sophisticated scholarship and research
  • Familiarity with coding (especially R and Matlab) and data analysis
  • Statistical acumen and aptitude
  • A background in basic skeletal biology, anatomy, and evolutionary theory
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills

  • All doctoral students pursuing their studies under my supervision have developed their own dissertation research questions. I do not hand out research projects for doctoral dissertations, though I help students as much as possible to hone initial research interests into feasible projects. My doctoral students are expected to complete their dissertations between five and six years after entering the program.

    Doctoral dissertation topics that I will supervise may encompass any of the following general topics:
  • Functional anatomy and mechanics
  • Evolutionary modeling of phenotypic traits
  • Hard tissue histology
  • Bone biology
  • Development of the skeleton
  • Phenotype-environmental interactions in human evolution

  • Students who plan to study with me will be required to take human gross anatomy within two years of entering the doctoral program. Most of the doctoral students I have supervised have held teaching assistantships in anatomy while at UT, and I emphasize in depth anatomical training for all of my doctoral students. This is essential for achieving better research in biological anthropology, and also gives more opportunities for future employment.

    Ideally, all students completing their doctoral studies with me will have at least two peer-reviewed publications before graduating. In addition, all students are expected to compete for extramural grant funding for research while studying at UT. Eligible students should apply for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship either before enrolling at UT or during the first year in the program.

    If the above information appeals to you, I look forward to hearing from you!
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