Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences: Career-Focused and Interdisciplinary


Samford students Abigail Rogers and Jewell Trail combined majors programs and courses in the humanities and Sciences
to create custom career paths I decided to switch into chemistry not long after
I came to Samford and I tacked on classics because I have wanted to be an
archaeologist since I was very small it really encompasses both passions both
academic passions of mine to be on the scientific side and the humanities side
and I just couldn’t imagine giving either of them up for Abigail Rodgers
new skills of organization analysis communication and lab techniques
introduced her to the science of archaeology and helped prepare her for a
medical career when I was a little kid I always loved you know archaeology and
history but I also for some reason had this knowledge that I wanted to be a
doctor one day when I came to college I wasn’t sure how I would match both of
those things I didn’t think I could but then I talked to Dr. Flynt in the
classics department and learned that I could actually pair both of them
together and kind of make my application for med school more well-rounded and
diverse their interests United in chemistry research they developed as
part of Samford’s archaeological excavation at the ancient village of
Shikhin in Israel so a lot of the work that
we’ve been doing is method development which is by far the hardest part of the
whole process in research it’s taking a problem there’s not enough literature
out there to tell you what to do and so you have to figure that out yourself we
are taking these ceramic samples grinding them up and performing a
digestion on them using corrosive acids if you looked at other sites around the
area so Sepphoris is a good example it’s a Roman town that’s nearby see if you look there and found their pottery well if
you compared the composition and the chemical composition of their pottery to
our pottery that we’re finding at Shikhin how similar are they or are they the
same pottery because if they are maybe they were trading them and you know
selling their pottery between the cities and the towns around I would love to
take a damaged piece of work generally you think of that with artwork but you
can do that with any kind of artifact and you restore it to its former glory
and so you show the world what it was when it was first made and when it was
first highly prized and valued

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