Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

Student Field School Grants

Field School

The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette offers two annual grants to help enable Willamette University undergraduate participation in archaeological field schools, excavation or survey projects by providing funding (up to $2,500) toward the cost of program fees and travel to and from the site. Support may be used both to attend Willamette's own field school at the Ness of Brodgar or non-Willamette field schools.

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee consisting of three CASA core faculty members appointed by the CASA director.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled as full time Willamette undergraduate students during the school year the grant is awarded.  (Participation by the applicant in a semester abroad program during the term of application shall not be considered a bar to the application so long as the student is making regular progress toward completion of an undergraduate degree at Willamette).
  • The field school, excavation or survey project at which the grant is to be applied must be approved by CASA.
  • The field school, excavation or survey project at which the grant is to be applied must require residence of at least three weeks.
  • Preference will be given to individuals that have not received substantial support either from other granting sources or from the excavation, survey, or field school.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with little or no field experience.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed at least two Willamette courses that prepare them for better participation in the field experience.  Applicants will address the suitability of their courses in their application.  A letter of recommendation from the instructor of one of those courses must be included with the application.
  • Applicants will be required to sign an affirmation that there are no physical or psychological barriers to their full performance of the duties associated with participation in an archaeological field school, excavation, or survey, nor are there any physical or psychological barriers to their participation in the rigors, discomforts, and stresses of daily life in a field school, excavation, or survey camp. 
  • Grant recipients will be required to sign a waiver that absolves CASA and Willamette University of responsibility for any illness, injury, or loss that the recipients may sustain during or as a consequence of their participation in the excavation, survey, or field school.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit to CASA a letter from the director or an appropriate administrator of the field school, excavation or survey project certifying that the recipient has been accepted to the project.  No CASA funds will be dispersed to the recipient until such a letter is received by CASA.


Application:

The 2015 Archaeological Field School Grant Application Form

All application materials must be received by CASA no later than 5:00 pm, March 6, 2015.

Please submit all materials electronically (as attached .pdf files) to:
April Miller
Coordinator for the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

Expected Outcomes: No later than sixty days following the completion of the recipient’s participation in the field school, survey or excavation, grant recipients must present CASA with an academic report about the experience (500 – 700 words) and a photograph documenting their involvement in the field school. Grant recipients will be required to sign a release of rights to CASA and Willamette University for the use of their reports and photographs in CASA or Willamette publications.

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Recipients of the Student Field School Grants

2013
Emily Arnold '16
Archaeology and Art History Major
Willamette University Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Field School

Garnet Kwader '14
Archaeology Major
Willamette University Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Field School

Lauren Dudley '15
Archaeology and History Major
Willamette University Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Field School

Jessica “Jo” Heupel '14
Archaeology and Classical Studies Major
Willamette University Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Field School

2012
Dylan Angell '14
Archaeology and Physics Major
Willamette University Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Field School

Garnet Kwader '14
Archaeology Major
Willamette University Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Field School  

Michael Lukas '13
Studio Art, Archaeology & Environmental and Earth Sciences Major
Willamette University Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Field School

Julia Wehe '15
Archaeology Major
Willamette University Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Field School

2011
Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz '11
Archaeology and Environmental & Earth Sciences Major
Willamette University Archaeology Field School, Ness of Brodgar, Scotland

Jason Henry '11
Archaeology and Environmental & Earth Sciences major
Willamette University Archaeology Field School, Ness of Brodgar, Scotland

2010
Jessa Fowler '11
Archaeology Major
Tell Qarqur Archaeological Field School, Syria

Jessa supervised a 5x10 meter trench that was part of the excavations of the Late Roman church (300-650 AD). Jessa helped clarify the western boundaries of the church complex through the use of her skills in both the field and the lab. Field trips to various museums and archaeological sites around Syria provided her additional learning experiences.

Andrew Korzun '11
Archaeology Major
Carpathian Ancient Resource and Technology Project, Piatra Tomii, Romania

Andrew aided in the excavation of three trenches that were believed to have cultural material. As it turned out, the trenches had no such artifacts, but Andrew still benefited from the experience in a multitude of ways. He learned about the processes, methods, and difficulties of archaeology, and he got to experience Romanian culture.

Patrick Leary '11
Archaeology Major
Maya Archaeology at Minanha, Belize

Patrick participated in the excavation of Minanha, a Mayan site in the lowlands of Belize. He helped excavate the royal ballcourt, where numerous artifacts were found, including a human burial site. Patrick also got to explore other nearby sites to further develop his knowledge of ancient Mayan culture.

2009
Paige Morton '10
Art History Major
Sangro Valley Project, Abruzzo, Italy

Sarah Whitney Pryce '10
Archaeology and Earth & Environmental Sciences Major
Sangro Valley Project, Abruzzo, Italy

Jeffrey Yancey '11
Archaeology and Religious Studies Major
Jomon Field School, Sannai Maruyama/Goshizaw Matsumori Project, Aomori, Japan.

2008
Amy Hagelin '08
Anthropology and Spanish Major
Maya Research Project in Blue Creek, Belize

Amy participated in the excavation of a ballcourt, temple, residential structure, and burial on a hilltop in the jungle. The jungle, teeming with wildlife, provided Amy and her fellow excavators an amazing backdrop for their work.

2007
Melissa Magana '09
Classical Studies Major
Sangro Valley Project, Abruzzo, Italy