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Past Winners

2016

Christy Cogan Memorial Scholarship: Daniel Hansen participated in the Berry Site Field School, offered by Warren Wilson College with UMMAA Curator Rob Beck. This was Daniel's first experience in the field, which ran the gamut from sifting shoveled dirt to mapping with field computers and sensitive excavation procedures. Daniel formed connections with students and professors that he will maintain for years to come, and his experiences cemented his interest to pursue archaeological study. 

Carl E. Guthe Undergraduate Research Fund: Working in Oaxaca, Mexico with Ph.D. candidate Lacey Carpenter, Anne Sherfield analyzed and documented archaeological finds from two sites in Tilcajete. Anne spent her time drawing and photographing pottery and sherds, working to perfect her skills. She plans to pursue a career in museum management, so seeing first-hand the process artifacts go through after excavation but before reaching a museum was invaluable.

2015

In summer 2015, four undergraduate endowments allowed the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology to provide financial assistance to five U-M undergraduates, enabling them to gain archaeological field experience and professional skills. 

Richard I. Ford Research Fund on Humans and the Environment: Shobhana Panuganti worked in Pecica, Romania at Șanțul Mare. The excavation of this Bronze Age site was a project led by Prof. John O'Shea in collaboration with the Arad Museum.

Carl E. Guthe Endowment: Brianna Gladhill and Andrew Fiasco went to Lesotho-Sehonghong, South Africa where they participated in the archaeological excavation of a rock shelter Middle Stone Age site, learning how to systematically document and remove archaeological strata. 

Hays Family Undergraduate Research Fund: Melanie Lowrie also traveled to Pecica, Romania to work at Șanțul Mare in the capacity of lab manager. Here Melanie oversaw the process artifacts went through after excavation, including sorting, flotation, recording, boxing and packaging for future analysis. 

Homeopathic Hospital Guild Scholarship: Anna Forringer-Beal had the opportunity to work in Chiapas, Mexico where she interviewed migrants from Central America for her senior honors thesis research.

2014

Richard I. Ford Undergraduate Research Fund: Jaykob Wood interned with the Student Conservation Association, partnered with AmeriCorps, at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Redding, California. Here Jaykob learned to conduct surface reconnaissance surveys to identify cultural resources and also had the opportunity to collaborate with local tribal communities. 

Richard I. Ford Endowment Fund: Laura Jessmore traveled to Rome to collect samples for her research project as well as attend a field school at Gabii. 

 

2013

In summer 2013, three undergraduate endowments allowed the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology to provide financial assistance to four U-M undergraduates, enabling them to gain archaeological field experience and professional skills. 

Richard I. Ford Undergraduate Research Fund: Katherine Kinkopf attended the Arizona State University Kampsville Bioarchaeology and Human Osteology Field School, participating in coursework in bioarchaeology, human osteology, North American archaeology and paleopathology. 

Richard I. Ford Research Fund on Humans and the Environment: Rachel Ross attended the University of the South-Sewanee Environmental Institute Archaeology Field School where she participated in every aspect of excavating a hunter-gatherer habitation from the Early Archaic period and early horticulturalists of the Middle Woodland Period. Taylour Boboltz attended the Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School of Connecticut.

Hays Family Undergraduate Research Fund: Jaykob Wood traveled to Sardinia, working in Progetto Pran'e Siddi with graduate student Emily Holt.

2012

In summer 2012, three undergraduate endowments allowed the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology to provide financial assistance to six U-M undergraduates, enabling them to gain archaeological field experience and professional skills. 

Christy Cogan Memorial Fund: Ann Slater attended an archaeology field school in Maryland in History St. Mary's. 

Carl E. Guthe Undergraduate Research Fund: Nina Barraco and Sophia Reini both participated in a Roman archaeology project in Gabii, Itali. Danielle Bridges attended a field school ouside Lima, Peru where her group excavated units in two pyramids and she also had an mini-internship at Museo Larco - a private museum in Lima - in addition to visiting multiple sites in the area. Kelly Gillikin traveled to the University College Dublin where she worked as an intern and assistant to the National Irish Folklore Collection. 

Hays Family Undergraduate Research Fund: Vicki Moses accompanied P.h.D. candidate Anne Compton to Ghana, where Vickey excavated a site near the village of Kranka. 

 

2011

In summer 2011, six undergraduate endowments allowed the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology to provide financial assistance to nine U-M undergraduates, enabling them to gain archaeological field experience and professional skills. 

Christy Cogan Memorial Fund: Alicia Michalski participated in excavations at the Garden Creek site in North Carolina, directed by graduate student Alice Wright.

Richard I. Ford Endowment Fund: Stephanie Berger attended a bioarchaeology class offered by Arizona State University in Kampsville, IL, and Anna Mickols attended the 2011 Society for American Archaeology meetings in Sacramento, CA. 

Richard I. Ford Undergraduate Fund: Rachel Cohen and Nick Machinski participated in the University of Arizona's Rock Art Field School in northeastern Arizona. 

Carl E. Guthe Undergraduate Research Fund: Katya Mack traveled to Serbia and excavated a Paleolithic site in the Balanica cave complex with the University of Winnepeg, and Amanda Imperiale excavated a 300-person farming village at Hualcayan in Peru with the Vanderbilt University Field School. 

James B. Griffin Undergraduate Research Fund: Ariel Talvalkoski participated in a bioarchaeology program in Romania. 

Hays Family Undergraduate Research Fund: Vicki Moses traveled to Sardinia to participate in graduate student Emily Holt's dissertation research project.

 

2010

In summer 2010, six undergraduate endowments allowed the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology to provide financial assistance to eleven U-M undergraduates to enable them to gain archaeological field experience and professional skills. 

Christy Cogan Memorial Fund: Jackie Kauza received funding to participate in excavations at the Berry Site, North Carolina. 

Richard I. Ford Research Fund on Humans and the Environment: Sarah Oas presented a paper on her analyses of botanical remains from the Copper Age site of Pecica Șanțul Mare in Romania at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnobiology.

James B. Griffin Undergraduate Research Fund: In addition to her work in Sardinia, Ariel Talvalkoski worked on bird fauna at Pompeii.

Carl E. Guthe Undergraduate Research Fund: Ariel Talvalkoski (Sardinia and Pompeii), Jessica Dejong (Sardinia), Maya Fernandez (joined a UCLA field school in Peru), Cynthia Kazan (conducted zooarchaeological research at U-M excavations at Gabii, Italy).

Hays Family Undergraduate Research Fund: Katherine Carlton consulted on digital repatriation of Anishinabe material culture with the GRASAC project, Jackie Kauza (Berry site).

Homeopathic Hospital Guild Scholarship (for Michigan archaeology): Jamie Baird, Cameron Dean, and Veronica Petroelji received support to join the U-M archaeological field school in northern Michigan.