Research Opportunities

For students considering a professional career in anthropology, it is strongly recommended that a two-term sequence of Anthropology 398-399 be organized as an apprenticeship in collaboration with an anthropology faculty member. This should take place during the final year of study. Students learn the profession of anthropology from the inside by working with an individual professor. For example, apprentices have given lectures in a course, co-authored an encyclopedia article, conducted their own analysis of a professorís field notes, and conducted mini-ethnographies outside the United States. The final product of the two-semester sequence, to be agreed upon at the beginning of the first semester, will be a serious contribution to the profession of anthropology.

Anthropology students frequently present the results of their research at undergraduate research conferences like Meeting of Minds and the Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum, and even at professional meetings.

Summer field schools in anthropology provide excellent training and experience for students interested in furthering their anthropological background and understanding. Field schools
provide students with training in anthropological methods in archaeology, human paleontology, primatology, and sociocultural anthropology. Students have attended summer field
schools in Australia, Jordan, Kenya, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States. Limited scholarship funds are available to students to help subsidize the cost of attending one of these programs. The scholarship program is competitive, and preference is given to students majoring or minoring in anthropology.

Please click here for a list of some field school opportunities.