Jessica Miller, Field Expert
Human Biology, graduate student
(Jan 2017, May 2017 & Jan 2018 Teams)
Why is this humanitarian work important to you?
I cannot begin to fathom what these families are going through-emotionally, physically, or mentally, in a situation like what has been happening in South Texas and along the border. Being a part of this amazing opportunity where I can help these families find peace, is extremely rewarding.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
I hope to gain a new perspective when approaching and interacting with families of deceased persons. As a forensic anthropologist, interacting with the living is not as common compared to other roles in the field of forensics. This opportunity will shine some new perspective on how I approach case work and interact with families.
What are some of the biggest challenges you will face while in Texas?
Climate and bugs. I have an irrational fear of scorpions.
What’s one thing people probably don’t know about you until they’ve known you a long time?
I am a bleeding heart when it comes to animals.
When did you know you wanted to pursue human biology as a degree, and how did you become interested in forensics?
It was not until I started researching this program that I realized why biological science is fundamental in practicing in the field of forensics. One of the things I love most about this program, is knowing that when I graduate I will have a well-rounded background in anatomy, genetics, osteology, histology and science in general.
What advice would you give other students interested in pursing a human biology degree at UIndy?
Take as many science courses as possible prior to applying for the program. The biggest regret that I have during my undergrad is not taking enough science courses.
What makes UIndy’s human biology program distinctive?
There is no other program that will give you such an all-encompassing background that will allow you to either pursue a career in Forensics or continue your education in Anatomy or a related field.