Rivka Friedman

Mentor: Dr. John Krigbaum
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I really love the idea of being able to use artifacts that we find around us to learn more about the people who lived before us. Being an anthropology major, I've learned a lot about archaeology and the different tactics used to discover history and I am very excited to get a chance to be involved in that. I am also planning on being a Physicians Assistant so I like the idea of getting experience in a lab that is a little different than most pre-health students in an area that I enjoy."




Health Disparities in Society

Research Interests

  • Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Pre-Physicians Assistant Association
  • MedLife


  • Chabad on Campus

Hobbies and Interests

  • Art
  • Music
  • Dance

Research Description

History of the Himalayas
"I am to assist in a larger project headed by Dr. Mark Aldenderfer to uncover the migration and settling patterns of ancient inhabitants of Tibet and the Himalayan Mountains. I will be radioactively testing bone and teeth fragments of humans and animals discovered in that region for isotopes of oxygen, hydrogen, strontium, and potassium to help track those humans and animals and understand when and where they lived and traveled."