The 2014 Summer Institute in Museum
Anthropology (SIMA) is a graduate student summer training program in museum
research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the
Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History with major funding
from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation.
During four weeks of intensive training in
seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and an off-site collections
facility, graduate 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 while carrying out preliminary data
collection on a topic of their choosing and developing a prospectus for future
research. The program is equally appropriate for newcomers to the museum
setting or those who have prior experience.
Applications are due March 1 for the June
23-July 18 Summer Institute.