Student Internship

Support for Visiting Students to the Archaeometry Lab at MURR

[Student worker weighing out samples for NAA]

The Archaeometry Laboratory supports visiting graduate-degree candidates in anthropology, archaeology, or related fields for periods of 6—8 months. Applicants must be graduate students from colleges, universities, and institutes. 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 quadrupole ICP–MS system with laser ablation system and multiple energy–dispersive XRF spectrometers. 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.

Participants will have access to analytical equipment, computers, and office space. Certain expendable supplies must be paid for out of other funding sources, at costs ranging from $20–$40 per specimen.

Eligible advanced graduate students (PhD candidates only) from U.S. academic institutions, and will have completed the necessary fieldwork and identified a specific problem to which the analyses proposed for completion at MURR will make an important contribution. Materials to be analyzed must be in-hand upon the participant's arrival at MURR. Application is by means of a five–page research proposal. The proposal should contain the following:

  1. An outline the project's problem orientation and background information;
  2. A description of the collection(s) to be analyzed, including numbers and types of samples involved and sampling strategy used to choose the samples for analysis;
  3. A description of analytical techniques to be employed;
  4. A specific statement of why MURR is the best place to accomplish the research; and
  5. A statement that funding exists to cover the costs for supplies consumed on the project.

Other supporting documentation includes a curriculum vita and letters of reference from the major advisor and one other individual. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, but advance scheduling is imperative since the Archaeometry Lab can support only one visitor at a time. Applications from women and members of other under-represented groups are especially encouraged. Interested graduate students should contact one of the following before applying:

Dr. Michael D. Glascock:
Dr. Jeffrey R. Ferguson:
Dr. Brandi Lee MacDonald:

or send a letter of intent with project description to the Archaeometry Lab at MURR using the address below:

Archaeometry Lab
Research Reactor Center
University of Missouri
1513 Research Park Drive
Columbia, MO 65211

Previous Interns and Their Projects


Research performed by the Archaeometry Laboratory at MURR after August 2016 is supported by the National Science Foundation under our current grant number 1621158. Earlier research was supported by several NSF grants including the following: 1415403, 1110793, 8801707, 9102016, 9503035, 9802366, 9977237, 0102325, 0405042, 0504015, 0802757, 0922374, and 0802757. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Last Updated on June 2, 2017
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