If you are interested in volunteering at AARC, please contact us via email or phone. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of the final decision.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you need to be a SHSU student? No, you do not have to be a SHSU student in order to volunteer with us. Other qualified students/researchers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Do you need to be an anthropology major to volunteer? No, but you must be in the process of obtaining a relevant degree in order to volunteer at AARC. All volunteer/intern applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
- What types of jobs or tasks are available at AARC? This program focuses on people interested in physical and forensic anthropology. Tasks range from processing skeletal remains, body donation placements and skeletal pick-ups, bone labeling, collection upkeep, to maintaining databases, filing, and data entry. Experience level and osteology skills are the major factor in determining your role with us.
- Are there other volunteering opportunities for non-physical anthropology students? Yes. Medical Studies, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Biology undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed by the Director, however, opportunities are not guaranteed.
- Where can I get the necessary vaccinations? Sam Houston students may contact the Student Health Center at Sam Houston State University. Immunizations are provided at a discounted rate. The current price for students for the Hepatitis B series (3 shots) is $33 per shot, and the tetanus immunization is $29. Prices and availability are subject to change, so please call 936.294.1805 to confirm availability and make an appointment. The Texas Department of Health gives the immunizations for $10. Call 1.888.456.7115 to make an appointment. Local doctors' offices and some pharmacies may also give the shots.
- Can I start processing before I get shots? Yes, but this is not recommended or preferred. You should at least start your Hep B series.
- It has been a long time since I had my Hepatitis vaccination, do I need to get one again? It may not be necessary. There is a titer you can get to see if you have the antibodies. Consult a doctor.
- What type of vaccination documentation is necessary? We do not require documentation of vaccinations, but we require you to sign the application form honestly. We ask that you do not provide us with your full medical records.
- Do I need health insurance? Yes, whether personally issued health care or through SHSU. Do understand that as a volunteer AARC does not cover doctor appointments or emergency hospital visits if an accident would occur. As a SHSU student, you have full access to the Student Health Center.
- What is the Blood Borne and Airborne Pathogens Training? There is an online training that must be completed on exposure risks associated with human materials and the general safety precautions that should be taken. A quiz will follow the training, and a passing grade is required. AARC requires proof of completion in the form of the passing certificate. AARC workers and volunteers abide by OSHA standards. These standards will be discussed in the videos, and additional information will be provided by the Director.
- What types of risks do I have? AARC does accept donations from those with communicable or infectious diseases, but most volunteers will be handling material that is of low risk for any biological agents. The most common risks include mishandling of sharp implements, pulled muscles, and tripping hazards.
- What is the purpose of the liability waiver? The liability waiver serves to inform the volunteer/intern of the risks involved in volunteering with this type of research and to relinquish AARC of any liability.
- What is the purpose of the confidentiality statement that students must sign? The research conducted at the AARC is highly sensitive and requires strict confidentiality to maintain the integrity of not only AARC but the donors and their families as well.