PADAWAN Society | Department of Anthropology

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The PADAWAN Society is an initiative by the Department of Anthropology to partner undergraduate majors (UASA) with graduate mentors (GASA) in support, promotion, and preparation of postgraduate studies.

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Eligibility Requirements


  • Must hold to Good Standing status @ UNT

  • Active member of UASA
  • In-Residence
  • Must have Junior or Senior standing (60+ hours)
  • Anthropology major


  • Must hold to Good Standing status @ UNT
  • 2 Semester mentor commitment
  • Commit to 2 meetings/semester

Membership Commitments

Mentors/Mentees will be required to meet a minimum of twice per semester. Opportunities for meet-ups will be available through departmentally sponsored pizza lunches.

Enrichment Programs:
Enrichment workshops will be offered to undergraduate mentees. Mentees are required to attend at least 1 enrichment workshop per semester.

Voluntary Opportunities:
Development opportunities will be offered which include, but are not limited to: social media, social outings, topical newsletters, online discussion groups.


  • Invite-Only End of the Year Dinner
  • Pinning Ceremony
  • Mentees will be invited to attend Master's Degree Hooding Ceremony

Due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, all in-person Padawan events will be accommodated remotely where possible for the Fall 2020 semester.

Interested in Applying?

Undergraduate students will need to fill out this application.

Graduate students will need to fill out this application.

Questions can be sent to the faculty mentor, Melissa Nelson (


Rose Benton, BA
Shannon Cronin, MS
Jamie Davis, BA
Elizabeth Dieterich, BA
Erica Hawvermale, MS
Nikki Hicks, BA
Allison Holt, BA
Morgan Kainu, BA
Andrea Lopez-Garza, BA
Kelly McFarland, MS
Kelly Partin, BA
Danielle Quintanilla, BA
Sarah Richardson, BA
Ashley Thomas, MS/MPH
Rene Zazueta Rivas, BA

Padawan Alumna (B.A.) have gone on to pursue the following graduate programs:
  • M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Manchester, U.K.
  • M.S. in Applied Anthropology at the University of North Texas
  • M.A. in Arts Leadership at the University of Houston
  • Applied Astronautics Program in the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences
  • Ph.D. in the Political Science Department at the University of North Texas



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