Student: Emily Ward

Emily Ward - 2024 Truman Scholarship Nominee

Emily is an anthropology and political science major.

Emily Ward, from Manhattan, is the daughter of Jeffrey and Michele Ward and a graduate of Manhattan High School. Ward is majoring in anthropology and political science and minoring in Spanish. She plans to pursue a doctorate in anthropology with a concentration in biological anthropology and become a forensic anthropologist. She currently works in the anthropological genomics lab under Jennifer Raff. In summer 2022, she interned at Riley County Historical Museum and has served as a volunteer for the Dia de los Muertos Festival, the Edinburg Filipino Festival and Haunting Humanities. Ward is a KU student ambassador, a University Scholar, the president of Honors Community Advocates and a Dole Center of Politics Student Advisory Board member. She also plays the cello in the KU Symphony orchestra.

More information about Emily!

  • A fun fact about Emily is she has been playing the cello for 12 years.
  • Her favorite KU memory is taking her dad to his first KU basketball game!
  • Her favorite study spot is the Watson Stacks.
  • In spring 2024, she’s looking forward to presenting at the Society of American Archaeology conference in New Orleans.