Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

Archaeological Institute of America

Deadline: March 1, 2015

Established in honor of AIA Past President Jane Waldbaum, this scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides $1000 each to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field work project (minimum stay one month/4 weeks). The scholarship is open to students who have begun their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application and have not yet completed their first year of graduate school at a college or university in the United States or Canada. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must not have previously participated in archaeological field work of any kind. The committee will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations.

AIA scholarships are open to students from all backgrounds. Minority and disadvantaged students are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Deanna Baker, Membership and Societies Administrator.

The Waldbaum Scholarship will be awarded to junior and senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students only.

Application Process

All applications must be made online. Submissions made via postal mail, fax or any other means will not be accepted. Please review the following Guidelines and Required Information prior to completing the application form.

All applicants must complete the following:

  • Complete online application form
  • Provide names and emails of two references. Your references will receive an email with instructions for submitting their recommendations online. You are responsible for ensuring that both referees have submitted their letters of recommendation online by the application deadline.
  • Send transcripts: Transcripts must be official and include at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters or 6 quarters), not counting AP credits. If you are a transfer student and have attended your current school for less than two years, please submit transcriptsfrom your previous school(s) in order to provide a record of at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters/6 quarters), not counting AP credits. Post-Baccalaureate and first year graduate students must submit both undergraduate and post-graduate transcripts.

Official transcripts must be mailed to: Deanna Baker, Archaeological Institute of America, 656 Beacon St. 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02215. ALL transcripts must be received by the March 1 deadline. All other application materials must be completed online, and received by the March 1 deadline.

Guidelines and Required Information

Applicants must complete the online application form that asks for the following:

  • Information about the project and your anticipated length of stay. Applicant must participate in the project for a minimum of four weeks.
  • A brief essay (300 words or less) in the applicant’s own words explaining why you want to participate in this specific project and how the experience will contribute to your current course of study and eventual career goals.
  • An outline of anticipated expenses associated with participation in the project and a statement from the applicant indicating any other financial resources available or applied for, if any, to help cover these expenses.
  • One or more official transcripts from the applicant’s college(s) or university(ies) that account for at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters or 6 quarters), not counting AP credits. Post-baccalaureate and first year graduate students should also include undergraduate transcripts.
  • The names and emails of two professors or academic advisors at the applicant’s college or university who know the applicant’s work and who are willing to provide letters of recommendation

All application materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received by the March 1 deadline. Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered by the review committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision no later than April 20, 2015.

NOTE: All applicants must notify Deanna Baker immediately if there are any changes in their application information (i.e. the project you applied for is changed or cancelled; you received funding from other sources; etc.)

In addition to the application, letters of recommendation and transcripts, winners of the scholarship must provide a letter from the director of the project or coordinator of the field school program indicating that the applicant has been accepted for participation. Deadline for receipt of this letter is May 10, 2015. This letter must be on letterhead and signed by the director or administrator of the field project. It must be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to Deanna Baker, Archaeological Institute of America, 656 Beacon St. 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02215. Fax: 617-353-6550, email: dbaker@aia.bu.edu. Final determination of the scholarship winners cannot be made until this letter is received. [NOTE: if one of your letters of recommendation is from the director of the field project and he or she certifies that you have been accepted for participation, this requirement will be considered complete.]

Winners of the Scholarship must agree to submit a final report on their use of the funds and what the experience meant to them no later than 60 days after completion of the field project and to join the AIA at the student membership rate if they are not already members. Final reports will be posted on the AIA's scholarship web page and may be featured in other AIA publications.

Contact:
AIA
dbaker@aia.bu.edu

Recipients

2013 Field School Scholarship Winners Announced
The AIA offers congratulations to the following 2013 Scholarship recipients, who were chosen out of the field of over 100 applicants.

In 2013 we were able to award scholarships to 11 students due to the generous support of the Waldbaum Scholarship Fund and the Von Bothmer Publications Fund. To help support the Waldbaum fellowship program, please contact Jennifer Klahn at 617.353.8709 or jklahn@aia.bu.edu.

Anna Elise Barnes

Anna Elise Barnes is a junior at Eckerd College where she is studying Anthropology with a minor in biology. She will attend the Promtin Tai project in Thailand this summer, under the direction of Dr. Scott Burnett and Dr. D. Troy Case.

Jenna Franklin

Jenna Franklin is a junior at the University of Montana where she is studying Anthropology and English. She will attend the Gotland Archaeological Field School in Sweden under the direction of Dr. Dan Carlsson.

Stephen Guerriero

Stephen Guerriero is a first year graduate student focusing on Ancient Greek and Roman Studies. He will attend the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome’s Via Appia Antica Dig under the direction of Dr. Eric Moormann and Dr. Stephan Mols.

Ashlee Hart

Ashlee Hart is a junior at the University of Idaho majoring in Anthropology and History. This summer, she will attend the Balkan Heritage Project’s excavation of Emporion Pistiros, Thrace under the direction of Profs. Alexy Gotsev, Jan Bouzek, and Zofia H. Archibald.

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson is a senior at Brown University studying Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies. He will attend the Tell Satu Qala excavations in Iraq under the direction of Prof. Wilfred Van Soldt.

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson is a first year graduate student focusing on Classical Studies at the University of Arkansas. This summer, he will attend the Gabii Project in Italy under the direction of Dr. Nicola Terrenato.

Kyle Lee-Crossett

Kyle Lee-Crossett is a senior at Stanford University majoring in Archaeology with a minor in English. He will attend the Catalhoyuk Research Project in Turkey under the direction of Dr. Ian Hodder this summer.

Elizabeth Neill

Elizabeth Neill is a senior at Dartmouth College majoring in Classical Archaeology modified with History. She will attend the Aigeira project in Greece under the direction of Dr. Walter Gauss.

Quentin Pharr

Quentin Pharr is a junior at New York University majoring in Philosophy and Classical Civilization. He will attend the Yeronisos Island Expedition in Cyprus under the direction of Dr. Joan Connelly.

Victoria Yuskaitis

Victoria Yuskaitis is a junior at Lycoming College studying Archaeology and Creative Writing with a minor in Medieval Studies. She will attend the Tel Gezer Excavation and Publication Project in Israel under the direction of Dr. Steve Ortiz this summer.

Zannan Zhang

Zannan Zhang is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Anthropology and Communication & Rhetoric. This summer she will be attending the Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School in Greece under the supervision of Dr. Simon Hillson from the University College London. Ms. Zhang is particularly interested in the growth and development of infant and children's crania.

Past Field School Scholarship Recipients

Ethan Aines

Ethan Aines is a junior at Las Positas College where he is majoring in anthropology. This summer, he will attend the Gotland Archaeological Field School directed by Dan Carlsson. Mr. Aines is excited to learn more about Scandinavia and his family’s ancestral roots there.

Read about Ethan's field school experience

Morgan Albertson

Morgan Albertson is a senior at Brown University studying archaeology. She will be participating in field work with Grand Teton National Park Cultural Resource program under direction of Katherine Longfield.

Read about Morgan's field school experience

Patricia Caddy

Patricia Caddy is an undergraduate at Vancouver Island University and will attend the Slavia Field School in Mortuary Archaeology in Drawsko, Poland this summer.

Read about Patricia's field school experience

Stephanie Chan

Stephanie Chan is a senior at Stanford University, majoring in urban studies. This summer, she will attend the University of Denver’s Amache Research Project in Colorado. Ms. Chan is especially interested the archaeology of underrepresented populations, such as Asian Americans.

Read about Stephanie's field school experience

Robin Dubin

Robin Dubin is a senior at Scripps College where she is majoring in art conservation and classics. She will be attending the Kaman-Kalehöyük, Turkey project under the direction of Alice Paterakis. Ms. Dubin is looking forward to learning preventative and field conservation techniques.

Hailey Duecker

Hailey Duecker is a senior at Texas State University in San Marcos where she is majoring in anthropology. This summer, she will attend the Slavia Field School in Mortuary Arhcaeology in Drawsko, Poland. Ms. Duecker is looking forward to analyzing the juvenile remains at the site.

Raymond Hunter

Raymond Hunter is a junior at Iona College where he is studying history with a minor in economics. He will attend Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológico Regional Ancash, Peru under the direction of Rebecca Bria this summer. Mr. Hunter is interested in pre-Colombia South American societies and is looking forward to learning more at the field school.

Read about Raymond's field school experience

Benjamin Jones

Benjamin Jones is a junior at Brown University majoring in archaeology and Egyptology. He will be attending the Liman Tepe Underwater Excavation in Turkey under the direction of Vasif Sahoglu. Mr. Jones is looking forward to his first hands-on experience with underwater archaeology.

Read about Benjamin's field school experience

Susan Larsen

Susan Larsen is a senior at Western Washington University where she is majoring in archaeology/anthropology and geology. This summer, she will attend the Fort Rock Cave, Oregon field school under the direction of Patrick O’Grady. Ms. Larsen is looking forward to learning more about the archaeological and geomorphic aspects of this field school.

Read about Susan's field school experience

Lauren Ledin

Lauren Ledin is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Chinese and anthropology. She will be attending the Archaeological Field Training in China project under the direction of Jing Zhichun.

Read about Lauren's field school experience

James Oliver

James Oliver is a junior at Fort Lewis College studying anthropology. He will be attending the Achill Archaeological Field School in Ireland this summer under the direction of Dr. Rory Sherlock.

Read about James's field school experience

Jessica Rodkey

Jessica Rodkey is a junior at Purdue University—West Lafayette where she is studying anthropology and wildlife science/forensic science and entomology.  She will be participating in the Zooarhcaeology and Field Ecology program in Eagle Lake, California under the direction of Jack Broughton.

Read about Jessica's field school experience

Mahmoud Samori

Mahmoud Samori is a junior at Columbia University studying classics. This summer, he will excavate at Stabiae under the direction of Marco Maiuro and Francesco de Angelis. He is interesting in learning more on the effects of Romanization on peoples at the physical and cultural peripheries.

Read about Mahmoud's field school experience

Anne Vassar

Anne Vassar is pursuing her post-Baccalaureate in anthropology at Central Washington University. She will attend the Mount Rainier Archaeology Field School under the direction of Patrick McCutcheon this summer. She is looking forward to learning more about the pre-contact occupation of the Pacific Northwest.

Read about Anne's field school experience

Rachel Wall

Rachel Wall is a senior at Providence College studying art history and global studies. She will attend the Chan Chich Archaeology Project under the direction of Brett Houk this summer. Ms. Wall is looking forward to learning more about Mayan culture as well as contemporary issues surrounding cultural heritage and looting.

Read about Rachel's field school experience


2011: Ianna Angelo (University of California, Santa Cruz: Betty Hope Archaeological Field School, Antigua), Emily Cook (Columbia University; Vesuvian Area Project, Italy), Geraldine Dobos (University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Antiocheia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project, Turkey), Danika Jensen (University of Southern California; Ostia Marina Summer Archaeology Field School, Italy), Andrew Nicholl (University of Texas at San Antonio; Maya Archaeology field school, Belize), Leslie Perkins (Humboldt State University, Belize Archaeology Field School, Belize), Emma Thomas (University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Contisuyo Field School, Peru).

2010: Amanda Flannery (Ripon College; Kincaid Mounds excavation, Illinois), Jessica Galea (University of Illinois; Amarna Project, Egypt), Katie Murtough (California State Polytechnic University; Slavia Field School, Poland), Colleen O'Shea (University of Michigan; Khovd Project, Mongolia), Sarah Newman (Brown University; Landscape Succession Project, Guatemala), Jess Senjem (University of Wisconsin; Troy Project, Turkey), Robin Watson (Florida State University; Cetamura excavations, Italy)

2009: Eric Mentges (Ohio State University; Isthmia, Greece), Kaitlin Moleen (Rutgers University; Gabii Project, Rome), Max Price (University of Chicago; Misti Archaeological Project, Peru), Margaret Stack (University of South Florida, Tampa; Project Roatan, Honduras), Alexander Zarley (University of Wisconsin, Madison; Petra, Jordan)

2008: Jacqueline DiBiasie (Washington and Lee University; San Felice in Puglia, Italy), Jacob Morton (University of Colorado at Boulder; Villa of Maxentius in Rome), Renee Pascouau (Central Michigan University; Copacabana, Bolivia), Emily Stevens (Bryn Mawr College; Cycladic Islands, Greece), Sarah Trabert (Kansas State University; Stranger Creek Valley, Kansas)

2007: Sean Burrus (UNC Chapel Hill; Yotvata, Israel), Emily Button (Williams College; Mitrou, Greece), Susan Kooiman (University of Wisconsin-Madison; San Ignacio, Belize), Hillary Pietricola (Bowdoin College; Torano di Borgorose, Italy), and Allen Rutherford (Northern Illinois University; Huaricanga, Peru)