Topic ID #38139 - posted 3/11/2017 2:02 PM

Paid Research Experience in Archaeology and Ecology for Undergraduates-Illinois


Field School Overview: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, announce the first year of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site, Exploring Evidence of the Anthropocene: Archaeological and Ecological Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for First Generation Students in the Upper Mississippi River System (NSF Award No.1659633). This REU site will offer students experiential, interdisciplinary research opportunities in archaeological and ecological sciences addressing topics related to the onset of the Anthropocene. This eight week program will include five weeks of field research and data collection in both archaeology and ecology. The final three weeks will include integrating archaeological and ecological datasets to make meaningful inferences about the Anthropocene. Archaeology and ecology students will work in interdisciplinary teams and as an entire cohort to integrate human-environmental data and gain authentic experiences working as a research team. Not only will students learn new approaches to research, they will meet students from across the country with similar interests. This research experience will not only be intellectually rewarding, it will also be fun. Participating students also receive free housing accommodations and a $500 weekly stipend.

For more details, including how to apply, please visit the REU website:

Application deadline: April 17, 2017 by 5:00 (CST)

Program dates: June 5 to July 28, 2017

Program costs: Students will be responsible for their own food and transportation costs for initial arrival to and final departure from the program. Students will receive a weekly stipend of $500 and free housing accommodations. 

Who can apply: We seek applicants currently in their freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate studies, but will also consider applications from current juniors and those senior graduating in fall 2017. We will specifically facilitate education and career development content for first generation college students (students with neither parent completing a four-year degree upon entering college). Students who are first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply: preferences will be given to these students; however, applications from non-first generation students are also encouraged and will be fully considered. More questions: Please contact Dr. Carol Colaninno (email; phone 618-650-2361)


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