February 2013 - Student of the Month - Ana Mauricio

Ana Mauricio, a Doctor of Philosophy of Interdisciplinary Studies student, is the February 2013 Graduate Student of the Month.

Graduate School: Where are you from originally?

Mauricio: I am from Peru.

Graduate School: What undergraduate institution(s) did you previously attend?

Mauricio: I attended to the National University of Trujillo in Peru.

Graduate School: Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Mauricio: I chose UMaine because I was interested in applying environmental studies and geo-archaeology in Andean archaeology. UMaine is a good place to have this specialization within an interdisciplinary environment.

Graduate School: What degree program are you pursuing?

Mauricio: I completed the M.S. Program in Quaternary and Climate Studies through the Climate Change Institute and now I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Geoarchaeology through the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

Graduate School: What are your plans after graduation?

Mauricio: My plan is to continue working on Andean archaeology, developing topics related to the understanding of the processes of transformation and creation of cultural and natural landscapes and how this is related to the rise, development and fall of pre-Columbian societies. I would also like to develop a research center for environmental studies in Peru where researchers from any part of the world can work interdisciplinarily, relating their studies to both past and present environmental topics.

Graduate School: What do you consider your most important accomplishment here so far?

Mauricio: Well, for me some important accomplishments are to have successfully completed my graduate training in the U.S., speaking a foreign language, and also to have had a very nice stay and have made really good friends. On the other hand, I am carrying on a very successful field season in Peru, where I am working on my doctoral dissertation for which I have been awarded several academic grants.

Graduate School: What is the highlight of your academic experience so far?

Mauricio: In April I defended my Master’s thesis and in July I took my comprehensive exams, both successfully. Currently, I am carrying on field work for my doctoral dissertation; this research is producing new and critical information on ancient Andean societies.

Graduate School: What is your favorite place on campus?

Mauricio: My favorite place on campus is any place where I can drink coffee and hang out with my friends. When it is warm enough I like biking around, during stressful periods the Rec Center is my favorite place.

Graduate School: What awards or other significant recognition (both on or off-campus) have you received since beginning your degree program?

Mauricio: I came to UMaine with a Fulbright scholarship to start graduate studies, at UMaine I have also been awarded the Churchill Exploration Fund and the Graduate Student Government Grant for several semesters, more recently I received the Waitt Grant from the National Geographic Society and the Andean Research Grant from the French Institute of Andean Studies to develop my doctoral research in Peru.

Graduate School: What other important information about yourself would you like us to know?

Mauricio: I am from the north coast of Peru, I am an archaeologist, I come from a large family and I love going to the beach and traveling.