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Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology

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Monday, June 23, All Day
Off Campus
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

For more information and to apply, please visit

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