Research

One of our major goals is to provide you with the opportunity to engage in original research that culminates with a written analysis. This research could be part of a capstone seminar, internship, independent study, or Honors project. Some of our students take advantage of study abroad programs that incorporate field research with classroom study. If you have an idea for a research project, discuss it with your advisor. They can help you figure out the best way to approach the project that will meet your goals.

There is research funding available through the Charles Center that can support you while you work on your project during a summer. If you are a rising senior and wish to do research during the summer before your senior year, you should also apply for the Nathan Altshuler Scholarship for Field Research. The Scholarship carries an award of up to $1500 to carry out field research, often as a prelude to enrollment in senior honors research.

There are several local research centers where undergraduate students can help conduct anthropological research. Your advisor may be able to direct you to the one that can best fit with your interests. You should also do some legwork and reach-out on your own.

William & Mary houses four centers that offer good starting points for this effort:

  1. Center for Archaeological Research, contact Joseph Jones, director, x1-1581 or [[jbjone]]
  2. American Indian Resource Center, contact Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, director, x1-1112 or [[dmoret]]
  3. Institute for Historical Biology, contact Michael Blakey, director, x1-1061 or [[mlblak]]

Other local sources of opportunities are the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the National Park Service.