Anthropology Student Research Opportunities
Here you can learn about current research opportunities for
Butler Anthropology students.
Award for Study & Research Abroad for Natural Science
Award is designed to financially assist Natural Science
students who desire to study science and conduct research abroad,
outside the normal academic classroom setting. All students with
sophomore or junior status majoring in Biology, Chemistry or
Physics are eligible to apply. Sophomore and junior majors in
Psychology, studying Physiological or Cognitive/Neuropsychology, or
in Anthropology, studying Biological Anthropology, Primatology or
Archaeology, are also eligible to apply.
What do you need to do to apply?
- Meet with your department head or advisor to discuss
- Write a statement describing the nature of the academic
experience and the importance of this experience to personal
development and career plans - no more than 2 pages.
- Provide a timeline of where you are going and what you intend
- Develop a budget estimating the cost of the trip
(transportation expenses, lodging, registration fee, etc.)
- Print a copy of your transcript from my.butler.edu and append
it to your statement.
- If applicable, supply documentation showing that what you
intend to do is feasible (e.g., you have a letter from a research
lab welcoming you to their lab/field station).
- For travel to non-English-speaking countries, verification of
language proficiency is required. Language proficiency is defined
as skill equivalent to that achieved after a minimum of two full
years of collegiate study.
When do you apply?
Apply by February 15th. Bring the complete
application package to the LAS Dean's Office in Jordan Hall
What is expected after your return?
At the completion of the study abroad experience, the student
will submit a written report to the office of the Dean of Liberal
Arts and Sciences and be available to make an oral presentation to
the Seitz family and the Butler community.
Butler Anthropology students have had many research experiences
throughout the world. Below you can find listings of those
experiences and get an idea of the exciting things that our
students have done.
Jon Irons digs himself into a hole in Kenya
These are photos from an archaeological and ethnographic project
I worked on in western Kenya last summer in partnership with
Northern Illinois University and the Field Museum. I remember
vividly the pride (and fear that I might be stuck) I felt standing
in my finished, six-feet-deep trench, as well as the day we walked
six miles with some potters to document how they harvested their
clay. They walked barefoot and carried about fifty pounds of clay
on their heads on the return journey!
This was my second field school in archaeology and it was on
this trip that I further explored my ideas about how to make
archaeology relevant. After I graduate I plan on pursuing a
doctorate in New World, Pre-Colvis archaeology. I hope to one day
help sort out how and when and why people first came to North
America and show people why archaeology really matters!
Jon Irons in a hole during an archaeological dig.
Kenyan pots and pans and a Kenyan potter.
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Maggie Maxwell's experience in Latvia
Over the summer I had the opportunity to go to Latvia with nine
other students through the Center for Faith and
Vocation. This was the first experience abroad that I am old
enough to remember. Our trip was incredible! Though the trip had a
strong focus on the diversity of religion present in the area, we
had the opportunity to really absorb the vibrant culture that
surrounded us everywhere we went. Because of excellent planning and
coordination done by Dr. Valliere, Dr. McGrath and the Center, we
had a chance to explore areas of the Baltic that would not have
otherwise been accessible.
This photo was taken on a day trip to Jurmala, which is a
popular vacation destination for members of the bureaucracy and
wealthier citizens. Here we are wading in the Baltic Sea, which was
incredibly cold! Even though it was raining, the beach was
Left to right: Amanda Belcher, Maggie Maxwell, Dr. Valliere, and
Here we are at the Hill of the Crosses, which is located in
Siaulai, Lithuania. It is an incredible pilgrimage site where
people come from all over the world to place crosses on this hill.
There are literally millions, some of which have incredibly ornate
detail, like these.
Left to right: Dr. McGrath and all of the students from the
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