Time to Apply to Participate in the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology
Happy New Year! With the new year comes the season in which thoughts turn towards summer plans. A great summer program for graduate students interested in material culture studies is the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA). Held at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and funded by the [U.S.] National Science Foundation, this is a month-long intensive course focused on promoting “broader and more effective use of museum collections in anthropological research by providing a supplement to university training.”
“Working intensively each summer with 12-14 students interested in museum research, the institute:  introduces students to the scope of collections and their potential as data,  provides training in appropriate methods to collect and analyze museum data,  makes participants aware of a range of theoretical issues relating to collections, [and 4] positions students to apply their knowledge within their home university.”
Graduate students in anthropology and neighboring fields (including folklore studies) can find full information and application instructions on the SIMA website. As noted there: “The program covers students’ room, board, and tuition. Housing is provided at a local university and a small stipend will be provided for food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC. This is an intensive residential program and the participants are expected to devote full time to the training. Preparatory readings are assigned to ensure that students arrive with comparable background knowledge.”
This is a great program and a great opportunity. Please consider applying.