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6/23/2014 to 7/18/2014
When: 6/23/2014
Where: Smithsonian Institution
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States

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Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA)
Supported by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation
June 23–July 18, 2014
Application deadline: March 1


SIMA 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 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. 2014 visiting faculty members will be Dr. Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University), Dr. Jennifer Kramer (University of British Columbia), and Dr. Marit Munson (Trent University). Local faculty will include Dr. Josh Bell and Dr. Candace Greene of the Smithsonian’s Anthropology Department.


Application Information


Who should apply?


Graduate 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.




The program covers students’ tuition and shared housing in local furnished apartments. 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, 2014


SIMA dates for 2014: June 23–July 18


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