***NEW! Applications for 2017 are now accepted. Please see below for details on 2017 applications, as these guidelines have changed since 2016**
- Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
- Participants must be undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor's degree.
- Participants cannot have graduated with a Bachelor's degree before the program begins.
- There are no specific course prerequisites for this program, but some background in anthropology or archaeology are an advantage in preparing the application materials and research proposal.
Application Materials (for 2017 season)
- Curriculum Vitae or resume (What is a CV?) Be sure your CV has all your up-to-date contact info.
- Personal Statement: This single page, single-spaced essay should describe your background, the reasons why you would like to participate in the REU, and what the anticipated benefit of participation will be. The REU program is committed to enhancing diversity in scholarship; please include how your participation in the program would advance this mission.
- Research Questions: Answer the following questions in 1-2 pages. Use in-text references, and include a Bibliography at the end.
Question 1: In this program, we examine how colonization and culture contact affect populations living in the Mediterranean in the 7th-4th centuries BCE. In two paragraphs (max 500 words) and citing relevant literature, (1) summarize what bioarchaeologists have learned by examining cultural contact using human skeletal materials, and (2) explain why investigating culture contact is important. (Project directors are looking to see if you have done some background research into this area/time period.)
Question 2: Bioarchaeologists possess many tools for answering questions about past human behavior. Choose two of the four methodological suites below, and in one paragraph each, describe how they are used in bioarchaeology research programs. (Project directors are looking to see if you have done some preliminary research into bioarchaeological methodology.)
- Isotope analysis
- Dental anthropology
Question 3: Describe one or two of your research interests as they relate to this REU. What question would you tackle, what method would you use, what would you do, and why would it be important? (If your application is successful, one of these will be used as a platform when developing final research projects with faculty mentors.)
Tips for writing good essays: The personal statement and answers to research questions demonstrate your preliminary preparedness to undertake, start to finish, a scientific research project. The most competitive applications will demonstrate you are familiar with some of the relevant anthropological literature for the topic you're interested in, by referencing it, including in-text citations and a reference list at the end. Good starting points for relevant anthropological literature are the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, and scientific publications in the archaeology and anthropology of the Mediterannean region. Many undergraduate institutions offer free library access to these and many other electronic journal archives.
4. Academic transcripts: Your most up-to-date unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
5. Recommendation forms from two references: (Click here to download reference form) Recommendations from professors are preferred. Recommendations should attest to the preparedness and maturity of the student, and how the REU site will advance the student's career goals.
Selection criteria include (1) clarity of the research statement, (2) preparedness of the student, (3) overall quality of the letters of reference and the academic record, (4) match with research projects and research mentors available in a given year. The NSF REU especially encourages applications from historically underserved students.
Application posted in December, 2016.
Applications due for full consideration by February 28, 2017 (**NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE!**)
Decisions announced in April 2017
Program Dates: May 15 - July 7, 2017
Past season dates: 2016 May 23 - July 16 2016
Immediately after being accepted into the program, students will be in touch with the program directors to hone their research proposals. During this process, students will be provided with a reading list and will develop a bibliography to submit prior to the REU start date. Students should arrive in Athens, Georgia with an outline of their research proposal, which they will undertake for the rest of the summer.