During her sophomore year, Elizabeth Akers discovered a passion for learning about other cultures and how people around the world live their lives. In order to explore an interest in preserving material culture, Elizabeth completed an internship at the UNI Museums in which she worked with Alaskan Native objects including some donated and researched by Dr. Ray. Since then, she has worked part-time at the museum and is planning to pursue an M.A. degree in the conservation of ethnographic materials and object art. This photograph shows her with an Alaskan mask donated to the museum by Dr. Ray.