Undergraduate Volunteer Program


The FACES Lab Undergraduate Volunteer Program is a four-tiered program designed to gradually expose the student to the “real world” of forensic anthropology. Students who meet the minimum eligibility qualifications (MEQs) can apply to be a Volunteer. No more than four (4) new Volunteers will be admitted concurrently.

Minimum Eligible Qualifications (MEQs)

  • Enrolled as a full-time student at LSU - Baton Rouge
  • Declared Anthropology major (preferred single major, Biological Anthropology subfield)
  • Sophomore level or above (at the start of the semester that application is submitted)
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA 3.20

Benefits of the Volunteer Program

  • Gain practical experience in forensic anthropology
  • Participate in research projects in forensic anthropology 
  • Exposure to other forensic-related agencies and activities
  • Networking with Graduate Students and FACES personnel
  • Reference for employment or graduate school

Application Process

  • New volunteer applications will only be accepted for the fall semester
  • Download, fill out, and submit the Application Form (purple button in the sidebar)
  • Submit official transcript to the Director
  • Schedule and attend a meeting with the Director



Completed applications must be received by 4:00 PM on August 5, 2018. Submit application and transcripts to the Director via email or in person at E107 Howe-Russell building (applications submitted in person can be slid under the door if Director is not in). Late submittals will not be accepted. 

Review Processes


All complete applications will be reviewed at the same time after the due date. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Once the application has been reviewed and the MEQs verified, the Director will contact the student to schedule a meeting. Meetings will be scheduled on a first-to-respond, first-served basis. Preference for Volunteer slots will be given to upperclassmen. When all Volunteer slots are filled, students with approved applications will be placed on a waiting list. Approved applicants on the waiting list may be admitted to the program in the spring semester if a slot opens up.


Students admitted into the Volunteer Program will be notified via email prior to the start of the semester. Students must reply to the Director to indicate their acceptance and to provide their class schedule within one week of the date of notification. Admitted students must attend a mandatory Orientation meeting scheduled during the second week of classes.

Failure to respond to the Director’s notification within one week, or to attend the mandatory orientation, will result in automatic loss of Volunteer status. Students who lose Volunteer status for these reasons may reapply the following year.

Reasons that Applications can be denied:

  • Complete application was not received by the due date and time.
  • Applicant does not meet MEQs.
  • Statement of Interest (included in the Application Form) is poorly written and does not meet the word minimum.

Note: Students who are denied admittance to the Volunteer program may reapply the following year.


Contact Us

General Phone Number: 225.578.4761

Submit Completed Application: Email: glisti1@lsu.edu

Office: E107 Howe-Russell Building

Volunteer Application