2020 NAA/AM-ARCS Student Research Grant Competition and Steve Daron Travel Grant

2020 NAA/AM-ARCS Student Research Grant Competition

The Nevada Archaeological Association (NAA) and Am-Arcs of Nevada are pleased to announce the third Joint NAA/Am-Arcs Student Research Grant Competition! This student research grant competition provides students – either graduate or undergraduate – with the opportunity to apply for funding for research that pertains to the archaeology of the Great Basin or American Southwest and has implications for the prehistory or history of Nevada. The grant award is up to $3,000! The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. The awardee will be provided 70% of the grant at the time of the award (the NAA annual meeting, March 6-8, 2020), 20% upon receipt of a progress report, and 10% upon completion of the project/presentation of results. A progress report will be due by December 1, 2020. The awardee will be required to present research findings at the NAA 2021 annual meeting (most likely in Tonopah, but subject to change) and at a future monthly Am-Arcs meeting (in Reno). The awardee will also be offered an opportunity to publish in NAA’s peer-reviewed journal, Nevada Archaeologist. Applicants for the 2020 award do not have to attend the 2020 NAA meeting (but it would be nice!). Applicants for the 2020 award do not have to be members of NAA or Am-Arcs of Nevada (but that would be nice, too!).

Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter explaining how the individual qualifies for the award (i.e., description of student’s university and degree program).
  • A current vita.
  • A 1,000-word maximum, single-spaced description of the proposed research, clearly documenting research questions or goals, materials, methods, and significance to archaeology in Nevada.
  • A list of references cited in the text (not included in the 1,000-word limit).
  • A budget, containing
    • An itemized list of expenses for which the $3,000 grant would be used, if awarded, and
    • A one-page maximum budget narrative that explains the expenses
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s academic supervisor, emphasizing the student’s ability to conduct independent research.

New this year, students who are awarded the NAA/Am-Arcs Student Research Grant will be eligible for the Steve Daron Memorial Student Travel Grant, a separate grant to fund travel to the NAA annual meeting and the Am-Arcs meeting at which the recipient is required to present (more on this later). Applicants for the NAA/Am-Arcs Student Research Grant SHOULD NOT include costs for travel to the NAA or Am-Arcs meetings in their budgets.

Applications must be submitted electronically in pdf format to (Ms./Dr.) Sean McMurry at mcmurrysean@yahoo.com. With the exception of the letter of recommendation, application packets must be submitted as attachments to a single email with “2020 NAA Student Research Grant Application” as the subject. The letter of recommendation may be submitted directly from the student’s advisor to mcmurrysean@yahoo.com, or it may be included as part of the applicant’s packet. All application materials must be submitted by Friday, February 28, 2020. After all portions of the application have been received, applicants will receive a confirmation email.

Additional information is available on the NAA website (www.nvarch.org). Questions? Contact Sean McMurry (mcmurrysean@yahoo.com) or Amanda Harvey (amanda.r.harvey@gmail.com).


Also: we are announcing the:

Steve Daron Memorial Student Travel Grant

The NAA and the Nevada archaeological community experienced a tremendous loss last year with the passing of long-time NAA member and former president Steve Daron. In honor of Steve’s tireless support of students, the NAA has established the Steve Daron Memorial Student Travel Grant.

This new grant will serve two purposes. First, it will allow the NAA to provide a limited number of FREE hotel rooms for students who are attending the annual meeting. If you are interested, please email NAA president Mark Giambastiani (markgiam@yahoo.com) beginning in January for more information and to secure your slot! First come, first served.  

The second purpose of the grant is to fund travel costs for students who are awarded the NAA/Am-Arcs Student Research Grant to assist them in attending the next NAA annual meeting and a future Am-Arcs meeting (in Reno) at which recipients are required to present. After the NAA/Am-Arcs Student Research Grant awards are announced at the annual NAA meeting, recipients will receive additional information about the travel grant.

While we miss Steve dearly, we hope that combining encouragement of students with preservation of Nevada’s cultural heritage will preserve and honor Steve’s exceptional legacy in some small way.

But Wait – There’s More!

This year, NAA will award $150 to the top student paper and the top student poster! If interested in entering the student competition, please indicate student status when submitting an abstract. To be eligible, a student must be the lead author, but co-authored submissions are acceptable. If two or more students are co-authors, the prize money may be split.