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2017–2018 Jackier Prize Winners

Jackier Prize ceremony, April 2018. Donors Larry and Eleanor Jackier with prize winners Madeline Jacobson, Isabel Grace, and Dilyn Grabell.
Jackier Prize 2018 display case

About the Winners

Dilyn Grabell

Dilyn is a first year from Tucson, Arizona. She is planning on majoring in economics with a minor in the Science, Technology and Society Program. It was through the course The Land of Israel/Palestine Through the Ages, taught by Professor Anthony Meyer, that she gained a deeper understanding of the importance of archaeology in learning about ancient times and in shaping our picture of past people and culture. On campus, she is involved in Greek life as a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, where she serves on the Standards Board and Food Committee.

Read Dilyn's essay: An Ossuary and a Coffin in the Ancient World: The Ossuary and Coffin’s Narration of Culture in the Ancient Near East (opens in a new window).

Isabel Grace

Isabel is a first year working toward a double major in organizational studies and communications. She developed an interest in classical civilizations and ancient objects from taking Professor Lisa Nevett's course, A History of the Ancient World in a Dozen Objects. On campus, she does interdisciplinary social science research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and is a part of Rotaract and Young Life.

Read Isabel's essay: If Animals Could Talk: What Two Animal-shaped Objects Tell Us About the Ancient World (opens in a new window).

Madeline Jacobson

Madeline is in her third year studying classical archaeology with a minor in Judaic studies and museum studies. She has always been passionate about discovering the lives of past civilizations and she is grateful to the Kelsey Museum for this opportunity. Most of her time is spent frequenting museums as well as interning at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. In the future, she hopes to receive her PhD and pursue a career in archaeology.

Read Madeline's essay: Funerary Culture Re-Examined (opens in a new window).