Our Graduating Graduate Assistants – Patricia Harris

PatriciaPatricia Harris first came to the C.H. Nash Museum as an undergraduate intern three years ago.  Her interest at the time was in forensic anthropology.  For her internship Patricia inventoried human remains curated at the C.H. Nash Museum.

By the time Patricia entered graduate school in 2012 her research focus changed considerably.  She chose to pursue a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies and the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate as the best fit for her evolving interest in museum advocacy and nonprofit administration.  During her graduate assitantship at the C.H. Nash Museum, Patricia helped develop the new visitors guide and volunteer program.  This year she coordinated our very successful 16th Annual Relic Run 5k event.

Patricia also was able to combine her graduate assistant experience and the Museum Studies Program to land internships at the American Association of State and Local History and the National Civil Rights Museum.  She counts her graduate assistant experience in attending the American Alliance of Museum’s Advocacy Day for the past two years as instrumental in shaping her current career direction.

Patricia said “I really also enjoyed the ability to do projects that interested me within the museum context. At Chucalissa I was able to apply what I learned in the classroom in a real museum setting and find out my strengths and weaknesses within the field.”

We are confident that Patricia will continue to make meaningful contributions in museums as she continues building her career!


About C.H. Nash Museum

The mission of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, a division of the University of Memphis, is to protect and interpret the Chucalissa archaeological site’s cultural and natural environments, and to provide the University Community and the Public with exceptional educational, participatory, and research opportunities on the landscape’s past and present Native American and traditional cultures.
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