• We're EXCITED to announce that the 2nd annual FOSSIL Conference will take place August 10-11, 2023 at the University of Arkansas.

    - FOSSIL Team


    A regional conference, bringing together evolutionary social scientists across fields, universities, and (flyover) states.

    Our Mission

    Via FOSSIL (Flyover State Scientists Integrating EvoLution), our mission is to provide evolutionary social scientists with an interdisciplinary forum for sharing research, facilitating collaborations, and fostering new opportunities for scientific growth.


    FOSSIL will provide a collegial environment to promote the careers and scholarly development of graduate and undergraduate students interested in evolutionary approaches, showcasing their work alongside that of leading minds to best train and support the next generation of evolutionary social scientists.


    FOSSIL is thus open to established and developing scholars in nearby States who already employ, or seek to employ, an evolutionary approach to their work—whether that be in psychology, anthropology, biology, animal behavior, political science, medicine, literature, or beyond. We welcome interested undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, or others with a university affiliation.


    FOSSIL features a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, various presentations from evolutionary-minded faculty and both graduate and undergraduate students (talks, blitzes, posters), and a Collaboration Innovation Session that will present the unique skills of successful labs to foster cross-cutting opportunities to work together.


    August 10-11, 2023

    Fayetteville, AR


    Questions? Email us at FOSSILconference@gmail.com

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    AUGUST 10-11, 2023


    Beginning on Thursday at 12pm and continuing all day Friday.

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    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR


    The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) is a 35-min drive from the university.

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    Registration will be FREE for undergraduate students, post-baccaulareate research assistants, and graduate students. Students still MUST register to attend. Undergraduate students will not be able to drink alcohol at official conference functions that take place on the University of Arkansas campus, even if they are over 21, due to the university's alcohol license.


    Registration will be $100 for postdoctoral researchers.


    Registration will be $200 for faculty.

    Registration covers snacks and food during official conference functions.


    Registration was open until August 1. If you would like to attend talks but did not register, please email fossilconference@gmail.com
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    We have a conference hotel block at The Graduate Hotel in Fayetteville. This hotel is a 17 minute walk (or a short drive) to the conference, and just a few blocks off of Dickson Street where there's lots to do after the conference.


    Conference rates are:

    • $159 (+fees) for a single or double occupancy room
    • $169 (+fees) for three people
    • $179 (+fees) for four people

    Click to book or call 502-234-9557 and reference fossil conference or code 138382




    Some cheaper alternative options include the Super 8 by Wyndham Fayetteville, which is a little less than a 10 minute drive to the conference.

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    Dr. Sarah Hill


    Success in Science is a Path Paved With Self-doubt & Failure


    Most people assume that the road to a successful research career is linear and paved with accolades and accomplishments. However, success is more often than not the result of resilience and openness to learning from mistakes. In this presentation, I will talk about my own career journey and how my successes have all been built on the shoulders of failure, reflection, and not being afraid to chase after ideas that others told me were a waste of time.



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    Dr. Sarah Hill is an award-winning research psychologist and professor with expertise in women, health, and sexual psychology.


    At the intersection of evolutionary biology, social psychology, and
    neuroscience, Dr. Hill’s research is aimed at understanding the role
    that hormones, the immune system, and the environment environment play in relationship- and health- behaviors, especially in women.


    Dr. Hill’s research laboratories are located in the Department of Psychology at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.


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    Department of Psychological Science



    FOSSIL 2023 Planning Committee

    University of Arkansas: Stacey Makhanova and Mitch Brown

    Oklahoma State University: Jennifer Byrd-Craven and Juliana French