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Field Museum internship leads to scholarship for North Central College anthropology major

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May 8, 2012—North Central College anthropology major Jessica Pantel of Beach Park, Ill., has been awarded the College’s 2012 Gloria Levitt Scholarship for Anthropology.

Pantel, a junior, interned with The Field Museum in Chicago during winter term and was awarded the $1,000 scholarship for her work with the museum. The award was announced May 1 when Gloria Levitt, associate registrar in The Field Museum’s Department of Anthropology, hosted a talk at North Central about career opportunities in sociology and anthropology.

“I was surprised,” Pantel says. “I had absolutely no idea. I’m just overwhelmed at the fact that she decided to pick me. I have such a feeling of gratitude.”

Pantel has actively sought out opportunities as an anthropology student at North Central. She spent the summer after her junior year in Peru as part of an archeological field school experience where she conducted independent research made possible through a North Central College Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant. She presented her findings in March at the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Levitt is a 2003 alumna of North Central College who established the scholarship. She was an intern at Chicago’s Field Museum while a student and later was hired for a permanent position at the museum. She teaches interns the accession process—acquiring, labeling and storing new items—a process that a museum professional can use in any setting.

Anthropology is among more than 55 majors, minors and other areas of study offered at North Central College. Visit to learn more.