Summer Research Opportunities & Funding


Beagle II Award

beagle_image.jpgThe Department of Anthropology is pleased to offer the Beagle II Awards, open to Stanford undergraduates of all years and majors. Awards of up to $7000, or shared awards of up to $11,000, will be made to the best two or three proposals for a summer “voyage” of scientific discovery to any appropriate location in the world.

For more information, see http://www.stanford.edu/group/beagle2/index.html.

Chavín de Huántar

chavin.jpgChavín de Huántar is a 3000-year-old monumental temple site located in the north-central Andes of Peru, sandwiched between the desert coast - one of the dryest deserts of the world - and the humid tropical Amazonian lowlands to the east. Chavin is ancestral to the famed Andean prehistoric states, culminating with the expansive Inca empire, which were primarily situated in coastal and sierra environments.

The primary goal of the project is to accurately map, excavate, and conserve the site. Using laser theodolite surveying technology we have collected over 100,000 measured points, documenting the site topography, exterior architecture, and exterior sculptures, and the internal labyrinthine passageways known as the galleries. Dozens of excavations and conservation interventions have greatly increased our knowledge of the site, made spectacular finds, and left the site in ever-improving condition for long-term conservation and tourist visitation. We are now embarking on major excavations of the primary ritual structures, and also of the extensive underground passages in the site, with surprising results. Another project just beginning is evaluating the acoustic design of the well-preserved architecture, to see if there was intentional manipulation of sound during Chavin rituals. Individual students have conducted their own research at the site, resulting in undergraduate honors theses on significant topics such as site construction labor and the feline-human sculptures known as tenon heads.

Students participating in the Chavin fieldwork are funded through VPUE, and will be in Peru for about 7 weeks during July and August. Application process takes place around the beginning of the year.



Franz Boas Summer Scholars

Through the special Franz Boas fund, students may apply for funding of any anthropological research, including research in the subfields of linguistics, archaeology, ethnology, and biological anthropology. Students must work with a faculty advisor appointed in the Department of Anthropology throughout the research period, apply for a supplemental grant from Undergraduate Advising and Research, and submit a non-medical human subjects protocol for approval. The exact number of grants awarded will vary from year to year depending on the quality of applications submitted and the funds available. Franz Boas grants are awarded for field research conducted in the summer. Grant recipients must enroll in ANTHRO 93, Pre field Research Seminar in the spring quarter before departing for the summer field research and in ANTHRO 94, Post field Research Seminar in the autumn quarter after returning from the summer field research. On notification of a funding award, Boas Summer Scholars must write a letter to the donor explaining briefly how their grant funds will be used and how this project will contribute to the student’s education and future goals. Stanford undergraduates who will be returning to Stanford University to matriculate in the following autumn quarter as undergraduates or Coterminal Masters students are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to honors candidates majoring in Anthropology.



HOPES: The Huntington’s Disease Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford

HOPES.jpgHOPES is a student-run project at Stanford University dedicated to making scientific information about Huntington’s disease (HD) more readily accessible to patients and the public. Our goal is to survey the rapidly growing scientific and clinical literature on HD, and to present this information in a coherent, reliable web resource. We seek to provide an accurate, helpful guide on such topics as:

  • the causes and symptoms of HD
  • existing drug and supplement options
  • recent advances in HD research
  • lifestyle choices for managing HD

To learn more about HOPES, see www.stanford.edu/group/hopes/index.html.

Michelle Z. Rosaldo Summer Field Research Grant

A memorial fund which will be used for an annual award to a Stanford undergraduate to aid in carrying out summer ethnographic field research. Students must work with a faculty advisor appointed in the Department of Anthropology throughout the research period, apply for a supplemental grant from Undergraduate Advising and Research, and submit a non-medical human subjects protocol for approval. Preference will be given to projects concerning issues in feminist thought or symbolic anthropology. Michelle Z. Rosaldo grants are awarded for field research conducted in the summer. Grant recipients must enroll in ANTHRO 93, Pre field Research Seminar in the spring quarter before departing for the summer field research and in ANTHRO 94, Post field Research Seminar in the autumn quarter after returning from the summer field research. On notification of a funding award, Rosaldo Summer Scholars must write a letter to the donor explaining briefly how their grant funds will be used and how this project will contribute to the student’s education and future goals. Stanford undergraduates who will be returning to Stanford University to matriculate in the following autumn quarter as undergraduates or Coterminal Masters students are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to honors candidates majoring in Anthropology.



Pritzker Summer Scholars

Through the generosity of the Pritzker family and an anonymous donor, students may apply for funding of any anthropological research, including research in the subfields of linguistics, archaeology, ethnology, and biological anthropology. Students must work with a faculty advisor appointed in the Department of Anthropology throughout the research period, apply for a supplemental grant from Undergraduate Advising and Research, and submit a non-medical human subjects protocol for approval. The exact number of grants awarded will vary from year to year depending on the quality of applications submitted and the funds available. Pritzker grants are awarded for field research conducted in the summer. Grant recipients must enroll in ANTHRO 93, Pre field Research Seminar in the spring quarter before departing for the summer field research and in ANTHRO 94, Post field Research Seminar in the autumn quarter after returning from the summer field research. On notification of a funding award, Pritzker Summer Scholars must write a letter to the donor explaining briefly how their grant funds will be used and how this project will contribute to the student’s education and future goals. Stanford undergraduates who will be returning to Stanford University to matriculate in the following autumn quarter as undergraduates or Coterminal Masters students are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to honors candidates majoring in Anthropology.



Tambopata Summer Research

Tambopatalogo.gifTAMBOPATA Summer Research Opportunities in the Peruvian Amazon June to August. Positions for new and experienced researchers are available for Stanford students (undergrad or grad) in the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone near Puerto Maldonado, Peru. Terrific conservation research experience plus room and board provided by Rainforest Expeditions, a Peruvian ecotourism company, at one of its two rainforest lodges in the region.

For more information see: http://stanford.edu/group/tro/