We are pleased to announce that we are recruiting students for a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) opportunity, sponsored by NSF, the University of South Alabama and Quinnipiac University – The Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems.

Students accepted into the 8-week program will learn to conduct hands-on research with archaeological human skeletal remains from Bronze Age Arabia, receive mentorship from guest scientists, and engage in public outreach. Student travel (up to $450), housing, and field trip fees will be covered by the NSF, in addition to a $500/week stipend. Eight Fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants. According to NSF eligibility requirements, students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (students graduating in May 2020 are not eligible to apply).

The Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems project will focus on two large Bronze Age skeletal collections from the Umm an-Nar period (2700-2000 BCE) of the United Arab Emirates. An analysis of these skeletons presents an opportunity to examine the socioeconomic, political, and environmental circumstances in which populations in southeastern Arabia resisted stratification, adapted to environmental change, and negotiated their own identities.

For more information about the project and field school check out our website, as well as our student-generated blog, or our social media sites, which include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The students from our 2019 program also created digital stories, which are 5-minute videos highlighting who they are and what they researched.

Website and Online Application: http://goo.gl/kgCi1B

Application Deadline: February 12, 2020

Field School Dates: May 18 – July 11, 2020

Field School Location: University of South Alabama, located in Mobile, AL

Contact Information:Dr. Lesley Gregoricka and Dr. Jaime Ullinger.

Kindly pass this information on to colleagues and students who might be interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us. A link to a printable flyer for the Summer 2020 program is also available here.


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