Support for Graduate Student Interns at the Archaeometry Lab
The Archaeometry Laboratory supports visiting graduate-degree candidates in anthropology, archaeology, or related fields for periods of 3–4 months. Applicants must be graduate students from colleges, universities, and institutes in the USA, though students from foriegn univeristies are encouraged to apply. The purpose of this program is to provide exceptional students with an opportunity to include archaeometric analysis in their dissertation research projects. Besides access to neutron activation analysis, the laboratory has gamma-ray detector systems, sample grinding equipment, petrographic microscopes, ultrasonic disaggregation equipment, a programmable furnace, and a variety of computing facilities. Other analytical equipment includes a high-resolution magnetic sector ICP-MS system with laser ablation, a quadrupole ICP-MS system, and an energy-dispersive XRF spectrometer. Projects appropriate for the program include chemical and petrographic characterization of pottery, chemical sourcing of obsidian and chert, and selected studies of other material types. Participants will receive guidance in all aspects of the analysis and interpretation of data.
The program pays a stipend of up to $1000 per month while participants are in residence. Additionally, participants have free access to analytical equipment, computers, and office space. Certain expendable supplies must be paid for out of the stipend or other funding sources, at costs ranging from $20–$40 per specimen.