The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA)
Program dates: June 28-July 23, 2010
Application deadline: MARCH 1, 2010
SIMA is a NSF-funded graduate student training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institutionís National Museum of Natural History. During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum, students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data. Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. In consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data collection on a topic of their own choice and develops (and continually refines) a prospectus for research to be implemented upon return to their home university.
Who should apply - Graduate students preparing for research careers in cultural anthropology who are interested in using museum collections as a data source. The program is not designed to serve students seeking careers in museum management. Students at both the masters and doctoral level will be considered for acceptance. Students in related interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous Studies, Folklore, etc.) will be considered if the proposed project is anthropological in nature and if an anthropology faculty member at the student's university commits to supervising its implementation. All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad, as are international students enrolled in universities in the U.S.A.
Costs - The program covers studentsí tuition and housing is provided at a local university. A small stipend will be provided for food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.
For full information and application details: http://anthropology.si.edu/summerinstitute/index.htm
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