Topic ID #38931 - posted 11/6/2017 12:49 PM

Paid Summer 2018 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 second 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 includes five weeks of field research and data collection in both archaeology and ecology. The final three weeks includes 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. Participating students also receive free housing accommodations and a $500 weekly stipend. For 2018, the site will host 10 students.

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

Application deadline: January 19, 2018 by 5:00 (CST)

Program dates: June 4 to July 27, 2018

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 seniors graduating in fall 2018. 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; 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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