Jennifer E. Mack
Current Employer/Organisation Name
University of Iowa, Office of the State Archaeologist
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I have been working as a bioarchaeologist in the Bioarchaeology Program at Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa. My office is responsible to ancient human remains and burial sites across the state of Iowa.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I’ve wanted to be a bioarchaeologist since I was a child. The best part of my work is being able to tell the stories of everyday people who didn’t make it into history books.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
My advisers were the best part of my programme. They offered excellent guidance and support and were always available when I needed assistance.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
The department staff.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
Exeter has PhD programs designed for adults who are already working as professionals in their fields. I appreciate this, as most American universities are not really geared towards the needs of mature students.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
Personal time management is an important skill to develop as an undergraduate. This will serve you well both in your graduate program and your career.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Field and lab experience is just as important as education. Make sure you take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to get this experience.
What are your plans for the future?
More of the same!