I'm now one year in to my MS degree, and things have really sped up. Two abstracts of mine were recently accepted at conferences: a poster presentation at SVP in Calgary, and a talk at the Bone Diagenesis conference in Oxford, England! Now to find conference funding...
Additionally, I passed my oral qualifying exam, which means my project is now fully underway. I've shifted my focus from bone flexibility to diagenesis.
My current project is now using Raman spectrometry to study diagenetic signals within the spectra, with a hope that this method can be used as a non-destructive pre-screening tool to measure bone alteration before other analyses are conducted (such as light isotope geochemistry).