Rachel Gabrielle Witt
Class of 2012
Vanderbilt University, Alumna
Rachel, the daughter of Donna Witt, was valedictorian of her class at Johnson County High School. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with departmental honors in anthropology and a second major in art history.
She was on the Dean's List, served as president of the Anthropology Club, and participated on the Arts and Science Undergraduate Advisory Board. Rachel was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and taught English as a second language to refugees with the Catholic Charities program. She volunteered in the anthropology department's osteology laboratory with research, collections and community outreach. This involves teaching middle and high school students about the human skeleton and bioarchaeology. Rachel completed an internship at the Gray Fossil Site and Museum, and study abroad programs in Peru and Italy. She conducted independent research in Peru for her senior honors thesis titled, "The Health Profile of a Mortuary Skeletal Sample from Hualcayan: A Bioarchaeological Perspective of a Middle Horizon Tomb from the north-central highlands, Peru." She presented her summer research at the Andean Bioarchaeology Poster Session at the Society for American Archaeology 77th Annual Meeting. Rachel presented her art history research entitled, "One Final Message: The Painted Programs of Alexandrian Tombs" in the Writing Studio Undergraduate Symposium. Her art history research was also published in the annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal.
Rachel is currently an assistant field school instructor with the PIARA (Proyecto de Investigacion Arqueologico Regional Ancash), an archaeological field school in the north-central Andes of Peru. Rachel's future plans include attending graduate school and earning her master's and Ph.D. in bioarchaeology. She hopes to eventually be a professor and continue her research in anthropology.