2017 Program Dates: May 15 - July 7, 2017.
2017 Applications Due: February 17, 2017.
The University of Northern Colorado and the University of Georgia, with support from the National Science Foundation, jointly run the REU Site. The purpose of this NSF REU Site is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain experience in independent research design and field/lab methods training. Students will complete independent research projects during the course of the program. These projects require different students to concentrate on different particular methods and approaches, but all students receive exposure to all research methods (see "About" section for methods students may be trained in in a given year).
Orientation in Athens, Georgia, USA
Students arrive in Athens, Georgia, for a four-day orientation at UGA (students are responsible for their own transportation to the Atlanta airport and will be taken as a group from ATL to UGA. Students with financial need may qualify for need-based scholarships for domestic airfar). During orientation, students are guided to hone the research proposals they developed as part of the application.
Three weeks in Sicily, Italy
After the four-day orientation, REU participants travel together to Palermo, Italy. During three weeks in Italy, students learn about the history and prehistory of Italy, and the contributions of bioarchaeology to understanding major human transitions in the past through hands-on, participatory learning experiences.
The majority of student time in Italy is spent recording osteological and paleopathological information from human skeletal remains, and collecting data for their independent research projects. Time is also devoted to language instruction and advanced seminars/workshops/group discussion.
Photo: Chiesa Madre Santa Fara, Cinisi, Sicily
Stefano Vassallo shares photographs of human burials that he and his team have excavated from Himera. See more
Four weeks in University of Georgia Laboratories
During the laboratory portion of this program students work with research mentors in laboratories on their independent projects. Students (1) tour research labs across campus, (2) learn and practice advanced laboratory techniques, (3) apply quantitative methods that are individualized to their independent research projects, (4) participate in professional development seminars, (5) produce a research abstract and poster detailing research findings, and (6) present posters at a forum at UGA.
Students acquire field and lab skills. Research projects may include:
- Stable isotope biogeochemistry
- aDNA analysis
- Dental histology
- Dental microwear analysis
- Activity pattern analysis
- Dating methods
- Mortuary analysis
- Biodistance analysis
University of Northern Colorado undergraduate student Melissa Chowning (2016 season) works with research mentor Carey Garland, a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, embedding archaeological tooth specimens in epoxy before dental histological research in the Bioarchaeology and Biochemistry Laboratory at UGA. Photo: L. Reitsema.
After the Program
After presenting research at a poster symposium on the final day of the program, students are strongly encouraged to participate in academic conferences during the subsequent year(s) alongside other program alumni and the program directors. Students also are encouraged to develop their research into publishable format, and receive guidance and training in academic writing and publishing skills during and following the program.