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Classics Student Receives Undergraduate Research Award

Congratulations to Classics Major Silvia Zhu on her Undergraduate Student Research Award for 2019. Silvia presented the results of her research at the USRA Poster Session on 5 November. Her poster, “The Ancient Population of Incoronata: Cohabitation between Indigenous People and Greek Settlers,” is the culmination of study and excavation at Incoronata (Pisticci, Basilicata, Italy) as a member of the Metaponto Archaeological Project, sponsored by the Department of Classics at McMaster University. Silvia explored the nature of settlement at this frontier site and examined Greek and indigenous finds to document the mixed nature of the settlement.

The McMaster Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are intended to cultivate and support research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty members. The award provides an opportunity to receive funds to cover research-based activity during the Fall/Winter or Summer Term. More information on the USRA can be found here:

Silvia Zhu presents the results of her research at the USRA Poster Session on 5 November.


Metaponto Archaeological Project team members (L-R) Chris He, Silvia Zhu, Eric Del Fabbro and Shanna Ingram admire the poster.

For additional information on the McMaster Metaponto Archaeological Project, please see the below articles:

The McMaster Metaponto Archaeological Project Completes Its Third Season
September 30, 2019

Unearthing Greek settlements in Italy
September 17, 2019