Anthropology | Bachelor's Degree
Expected May 2016
Hometown | West Lafayette, IN
A senior from West Lafayette, Indiana, Grant Owen traces his interest in anthropology to a hunger to explore various forms of cultural diversity around the world. As a student in the College of Liberal Arts, Grant has found the various departments in the College “incredibly useful” as he pursues an education in the broad, holistic discipline of anthropology. He considers Dr. Riall Nolan, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, a particularly important mentor and one who has helped him think more critically about a career as a practicing anthropologist. Grant has served as a director on the Board of Diversity and Inclusion for Purdue Student Government and as a committee member for the Purdue 360° Diversity Initiative.
After graduation, Grant aspires to serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Indonesia through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Inspired by his recent summer research in the country, Grant believes that learning English empowers local minority peoples in Indonesia to attain a greater socioeconomic status—particularly in the tourism industry, where English is the lingua franca of the region. Following the Fulbright program, Grant would like to complete graduates studies in Europe to prepare him to do further work as an anthropologist. He is especially interested in returning to Indonesia and the Southeast Asian region as a practicing professional.