Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology
NSF supported training for Anthropology graduate students
The Smithsonian Institution's Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA), supported by the National Science Foundation, is a graduate student training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on work in the collections facility, students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data. Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. In consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data collection on a topic of their own choice and develops (and continually refines) a prospectus for research to be implemented upon return to their home university.
In 2012 the program will run June 25th - July 20th.
Deadline for application is March 1st, 2012.