Elaine Chu

Elaine Chu

Academic Interests: human variation, growth and development, body size variation, computational anthropology, forensic anthropology
Status: Ph.D. Student
MA Thesis Title: Body Mass Estimation: Preliminary Population Specific Equations for South Texas Migrant Hispanics and an Evaluation of Geographic Variation within a Population
Previous Degrees: M.A. in Anthropology, Texas State University (2018), B.S. in Anthropology, Michigan State University (2016)
Contact Information: elainechu@nevada.unr.edu
Biography:
I am a first year PhD student in Biological Anthropology. My primary interests include exploring aspects of human growth and development that shape skeletal variation. My previous experience includes experience as an intern at a Medical Examiner's office in Michigan, organizing and curating the Donated Skeletal Collection at the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State, and working in humanitarian efforts to identify unidentified migrants on the Texas-Mexico border through Operation Identification (OpID), a volunteer effort associated with Texas State University. My thesis research explored body mass estimation of OpID individuals in an effort to narrow the number of missing persons reports that match unidentified individuals.
Presentations:
Chu EY. "Using Body Mass Estimation to Reunite Families," Texas State University 3MT® University Competition, Oral Presentation. 2018.
Chu EY, New BT, and Rogers MV. "Relationships Between Socioeconomic Categories and Health in the United States," Texas State Women in Science and Engineering Conference, Poster Presentation. 2018.
Chu EY, and Spradley MK. "Body Mass Estimation of Undocumented Migrants," 70th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting, Oral Presentation. 2018.