Larissa Kennel - BSc Forensic Anthropology

This course combines everything that I want my prospective occupation to be. It is a chance to unite my passion for science and my urge to help people, by doing research and learning about the national and international forensic field."

“I was born and raised in Germany where my dad was the head of the country’s third largest cemetery.  As an inquisitive child I spent many hours after school asking my dad and his co-workers lots of questions. They always had honest answers and taught me the importance of respecting people, both living and dead.

“This course combines everything that I want my prospective occupation to be. It is a chance to unite my passion for science and my urge to help people, by doing research and learning about the national and international forensic field.

“Before I enrolled at the University of Dundee, I was in contact with staff at CAHID over a period of two years. Every time I had a question someone responded to me immediately. I felt welcome here even before I arrived.

“The most challenging part of going to university abroad has been learning how to take responsibility of my own life, making decisions on my own and really finding out who I am. I’ve grown a lot but I wouldn’t change a second of my experience so far.

“I’m quite a driven person so in my spare time I’m a member of the Student Representative Council at the Student Union, Class Representative for the School of Life Sciences, School President of CAHID and Captain of the University of Dundee’s Women’s Handball Team. For two years in a row we’ve qualified for the National University Handball Championship in London so I’m very proud to be a part of this club.

“This summer I’ll be working on a project with a forensic anthropologist in Oslo and working at the cemeteries in Stavanger, Norway. After graduation I hope to stay in Dundee to study an MSc degree, and then possibly a PhD. The Centre is internationally known for providing an excellent education in forensic anthropology, so why would I want to go anywhere else. ”