Research Assistant, Department of Humanities, York University, April to August 2007 (Supervisor: Bernard Lightman)

  • Employed a variety of conventional and innovative research techniques to present comprehensive research material for Professor Lightman’s purposes
  • Developed confidence working with a topic (the explosion of interest in natural history during the 19th century in Britain) I was previously unfamiliar with and successfully conducted research on this topic with minimal supervision

Wadi Tumilat and Gezer Gateway Projects, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, September 2004 to March 2005 (Work-Study Program) (Project Leads: John Holladay and Taber James)

  • Scanned, recorded, and catalogued first millennium AD/CE silver coins from Afghanistan adhering to proper preservation techniques
  • Completed data entry on stratigraphy at Wadi Tumilat site as well as on small- to medium-sized votive objects and coins
  • Was encouraged to explore numismatics as they related to my area of study and enjoyed the opportunity of learning how to measure Roman weaponry based on an individual’s physical dimensions
  • Learned preservation techniques and how my own physiology affected the preservation of archaeological material (metal, pottery, etc.)

North Abydos Cultic Zone Project, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, September 2003 to March 2004 (Work-Study Program) (Project Lead: Mary-Anne Pouls-Wegner)

  • Completed data entry of small votive objects from field notes taken at Abydos
  • Undertook digital imaging of archaeological sketches as part of larger digital cataloguing for the project
  • Developed a basic understanding of the process by which archaeological field notes are translated into useable material for multimedia platforms, academic publications, lectures, and reference

Roman Nicknames and Naming Practices, Department of Classics, University of Toronto, September 2002 to May 2003 (Research Opportunity Program) (Project Lead: Christer Bruun)

  • Compiled a list of references to names and nicknames from a wide variety of Latin literary sources as part of an examination into possible naming conventions among the Ancient Romans
  • Presented the project’s findings at the University’s Annual Spring Fair in April 2002 with my colleague Karin Wallace
  • Developed my research skills by considering alternative reference sources, bibliographical notes, and leading academics in each field