PADAWAN Society | Department of Anthropology


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

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Eligibility Requirements


  • Must hold to Good Standing status @ UNT

  • 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

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 (


Undergraduate Mentees:

Mia Rogers, Lillie Holmes, Paola Vazquez, Ellen Christensen, Rebecka Laliberte, Andres Garcia, Bea Jackson, Laurie Koné, Arooj Qureshi, Chace Walton, Huriel Perez, Lucille Gradillas, Mars Smietana, Kaitlyn Woodruff, and Zachary O'Hara-Rowe.

Graduate Mentors:

Gi Giamarqo, Shalom Haileselassie, Lena Pham, Jace Wagley, Brennan Williams, Hannah Morrison, Tatyana Broomfield, James Goebel, Malka Riell, Joey Webster, Micah Fleck, and Mikaela Williams.

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
  • M.A. in Library Science at the University of North Texas
  • MBA at the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas
  • University College London's Digital Anthropology Program, U.K.



Personal Statement Writing Webinar - Spring 2022

Pitching Anthropology Webinar - Fall 2021

Undergraduate Research Fellowship Webinar - Spring 2021

Peace Corps Webinar - Spring 2021


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