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The University of Wyoming's Department of Anthropology invites applications from BA-or MA-holding students for no more than two PhD Frison Assistantships. Students receive a graduate assistantship of $24,000 for two years (plus tuition/fees); after the two years students will be eligible for regular university assistantships (currently $15,700/year). Frison Assistants will be expected to participate in normal graduate assistantship duties - assisting with classroom instruction, lab instruction, grading, etc.
Briefly, we believe that the unique strength of archaeology lies in its ability to examine human behavior across tremendous amounts of time and space. Until recently, archaeology could not leverage this strength because we had neither the data nor the capability to analyze them. But decades of academic and CRM-driven field research on the one hand, and GIS and various quantitative computing packages on the other, have given us the data and the analytic power for archaeology to play to its strength. We wish to see archaeology move to the next level, and it is with this vision in mind that we developed the following program.
We are looking for students with strong backgrounds in quantitative analysis, GIS, and/or computer modeling. In addition, we seek students who would be interested in compiling and using databases of western North American archaeology to study the relationships among climate, demography, subsistence and/or technology. For example, using a database of radiocarbon dates as a proxy for human population sizes, a student could examine whether the relationship between human demography and climate is the same across the west, or whether other factors intervene. The same database could be used to examine evidence for emigration versus mortality as responses to climate change. Some existing databases (e.g., FAUNMAP) could be used to examine diet breadth, climate, and human demography. We expect students to help develop these databases as part of their dissertation research. We seek students who think quantitatively and who are able and willing to tackle problems at a subcontinental scale of analysis.
Our general doctoral program is described elsewhere on this website (see PhD Program). Coursework is tailored to the student's needs and is focused on the dissertation, with the exception of two required courses: ANTH 5880 Professionalism in Anthropology (students draft an NSF research proposal and produce a publishable manuscript) and ANTH 5890 Teaching and Learning in Anthropology. Doctoral students are required to teach at least one stand-alone course. For the dissertation, students can write a traditional, monograph-style dissertation, or they can write three thematically-linked papers suitable for publication (with bookending beginning and ending chapters).
There is no separate application for the Frison Assistantships. In addition to the Graduate Application, students should include their curriculum vitae or resume that lists previous experience in the research topic. Students should indicate in their letter of application (see Apply to the Anthropology Graduate Program) that they wish to be considered for the Frison Assistantship. In that letter, they should also suggest which faculty they wish to work with as an advisor, describe how their background and interests meet the criteria of the Frison Assistantship, and identify any particular problems/foci that interest them. If selected, continuation of the Frison Assistantship into the second year will depend on satisfactory completion of the first year and progress toward degree.