My research focuses on pathologies of the hip. I read a medical study about modern-day athletes and was curious if hip impingement was because of athletics today or if it has been around longer. So I started out by conducting an exploratory study to see if hip impingement was present in these people who lived 1,500 years ago, and now I am looking at a specific injury to see if it was present then and if it is related to other injuries we see today. My focus is to show a linkage and develop that into a tool to determine what they were doing when they were alive.
I’m also working on materials for a conference now. Attending and presenting at conferences is a really cool experience, because you are able to meet other people in the field and start making connections early on. I hope to publish this project in the next few months – I am working on my manuscript this semester.
I have also loved my experience with the Honors Program and Honors Residential Academic Program. There is lots going on all of the time, and you get a built in community. Just as an example, while sitting at the front desk in Smith Hall, I have been part of conversations about astrophysics with film students. There’s always interesting conversation to be had.