Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Washington, District of Columbia
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Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA)
Supported by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation
June 27 - July 22, 2011
Application deadline: March 1
is a graduate student training program in museum research methods
offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian
Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. During four weeks of
intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and
at an off-site collections facility, 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?
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.) are
welcome to apply if the proposed project is anthropological in nature.
All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad,
as are international students enrolled in universities in the U.S.A.
NOTE: First Nations people of Canada are eligible.
program covers students’ tuition and housing, which is provided at a
local university. A small stipend will be provided to assist with the
cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually
responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.
Application deadline - March 1, 2011
SIMA dates for 2011: June 27 - July 22
For more information and to apply, please visit http://anthropology.si.edu/summerinstitute/
Additional questions? Email SIMA@si.edu