Anthropology – Outstanding Senior 2020

Tiffany Kite.

Tiffany Kite

Clarkston, Washington


  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Minor in American Indian Studies
  • Minor in History

Clubs, Organizations, Leadership, and Service

  • WSU Anthropology Club – President
  • Cultural Resource Protection Summit, 2018 & 2019 – attendee
  • Lewiston, Idaho Veteran’s Center – volunteer
  • YWCA – volunteer
  • 4-H – volunteer
  • Lewiston public schools – volunteer
  • Shriner’s Children’s Hospital – fundraising volunteer
  • Karate club – volunteer coach
  • Children of the American Revolution Society – senior leader

Internships and Employment

  • Human Osteology Lab – research intern working with Dr. Erin Thornton
  • Department of Physics & Astronomy – laboratory technician
  • Coug Prints

Undergraduate Research

Uncovering the Mystery Behind University–Heal Skeletal Collections: Tiffany worked with Professor Thornton in her osteology lab, examining unidentified skeletons to determine their origin. Her work resulted in a coauthored SURCA poster that earned a Novice Research Award.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2020 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior in Anthropology

Faculty Comments

“Tiffany is probably the busiest and most hard-working student I have encountered at WSU, and I often wonder how she manages to do it all. She currently has a 3.7 GPA, which she earned while commuting from Lewiston, raising two small children, nursing her husband through a bout of cancer, and recovering from a hit-an-run accident. In addition to earning good grades, Tiffany has actively sought out opportunities to further develop her academic and professional skills.”  –Dr. Erin Thornton

Personal Statement

It is a dream come true to attend WSU. Since my fourth-grade field trip years ago, I knew WSU would be the place to help me accomplish my dreams. I have the most incredible family that has helped me get to this point in my life. My grandparents for everything they do. My kids for all the times they have had to leave me alone so I could get some homework done. My aunt for helping us through some really tough times keeping my family and me going, and most of all my husband for all his support and love. I also want to thank Dr. Erin Thornton for everything she has done for me, above and beyond just supporting my goals and giving me opportunities to explore things I enjoy doing. Thank you!!!

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Erin Thornton, assistant professor, Department of Anthropology

Future Plans

Tiffany will graduate in December 2020, after which she hopes to earn her master’s degree in anthropology and pursue a career in cultural resource management, with a specific focus on indigenous community collaboration and integration.