- November 21, 2011
- Holloway receives 2011 Reza Zarif and Rufina Paniego Undergraduate Award for Excellence
Name: Julianne Holloway
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Most likely place to be found on campus: Science Library or Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Plans after graduation: Graduate school for physical and forensic anthropology
Q: Why did you decide to come to UCI?
A: I had heard great things about UCI’s anthropology department and that it was highly ranked on the national scale. I thought it would be a great place to begin my collegiate education.
Q: Why anthropology?
A: Anthropology is such a broad major; it allows you to study everything because everything qualifies as anthropology. When I was younger, I was always interested in human behavior. I could sit and watch people all day. It wasn’t until high school that I found out I could actually have a career and future in the study of man.
Q: What types of activities are you involved with on campus?
A: I’m in two honors societies: Tau Sigma, which is an organization for transfer students who excel academically, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Both require community service hours and participation in societal events.
Q: What research are you currently working on?
A: I just started working on my senior thesis project with Michael Montoya, anthropology associate professor, and Christopher Drover, anthropology lecturer. The intent of the project is to do a full examination of older skeletal remains, then analyze the findings including the cultural background and geographical context of the find.
Q: What’s your best memory thus far from your undergraduate experience at UCI?
A: My best memory at UCI so far was my first day of my first quarter here in medical anthropology with Montoya. It was the first upper division class I had taken at the higher university level of learning and I remember feeling accomplished and that I was finally being challenged. I was so excited to accept that challenge.