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Friday Bulletin April 3, 2020

Megan Hanna Fry Receives an NSF GRF

Our own Megan Hanna Fry recently was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her project, “Comparative Methods on Social Differentiation and Identity in Anglo-Saxon England.”

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.  Interested?  Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program, submitted in the first year or at the beginning of the second year of their degree program, are eligible to apply.  You can find more information here.  The next deadline for the Social Sciences is October, 2020.

Megan’s award is a three-year fellowship, which includes a generous stipend and a tuition waiver.  Please join me in congratulating Megan!


Florida Archaeological Council John W. Griffin Award Deadline Approaching

Applications for the 2020 John W. Griffin Award, a $1500 grant to one or more graduate students conducting archaeologicalresearch in Florida, are due on 7 April 2020. This award also comes with a one-year membership in the Florida Archaeological Council at our newest student member level.

This $1500 student grant may be awarded to a single student, or divided among several applicants. The award typically assists one or more graduate students conducting archaeological research in Florida. It can be used to cover costs associated with archaeological fieldwork and/or specialized analyses (e.g., radiocarbon dates, faunal and/or botanical analyses, soils analysis, isotope analysis, etc.). In rare cases, funds may be awarded for travel expenses associated with presenting a paper/poster on the student’s research at a professional meeting. This year, the 2020 FAC John W. Griffin Award will also include a year’s membership in the FAC. Awardees are encouraged to present their results at a subsequent Florida Anthropological Society meeting.

Applicants must be eligible for membership in the FAC. Students interested in applying for the award should submit a proposal not to exceed 1000 words that describes the project for which the funds are being requested; what research question(s) or problem(s) are being addressed; how the funds will be applied to their research; what, if any, additional funds will be used to accomplish the research, and; how the research will contribute to Florida archaeology. Please direct any questions to the award committee chair indicated below.

The completed application must include: the full proposal with its budget, sponsorship letter(s) from a FAC member(s) in good standing, and any additional support letter(s).

Applications for the 2020 FAC John W. Griffin Student Award may be emailed to Dr. Elizabeth D. Benchley, RPA at


Spring Research Exhibition Postponed

Due to a scarcity of entrants to our Spring Research Exhibition, we have decided to postpone the event.  For those of you who submitted a poster, we will hold them and add them to the Fall exhibition.


Library Services Updates

From Ginessa Mahar, our Anthropologist Librarian:  The UF virtual library is 100% open and available, and library faculty and staff are here to help. We are still providing the majority of our services – remotely – including instruction, research consultations, reference services, and digital interlibrary loan, as well as access to all of our digital collections, including journals, books and databases.

Library Services in the Time of COVID-19

Have questions? Email me ( or use our Ask A Librarian Service!




Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor of Cultural AnthropologyThe University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and CAFS, is seeking to fill a one-year, Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor position in Cultural Anthropology for the 2020-2021 academic year. The successful candidate for Visiting Assistant Professor must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology and prior teaching experience at the time of appointment. Graduate students who have completed doctoral coursework and are ABD may be considered for a Visiting Instructor appointment. Previous experience and abilities in online, distance education will be beneficial, as well as demonstration of ongoing research and scholarship. The area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to a cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching interests relate to Louisiana’s diverse communities and cultures. Application materials must include a cover letter describing research and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references, to be emailed to: Applications must be received before May 4, 2020.

The full ad can be viewed on the AAA web site at:


COVID-19 and Incarceration Project

Stephanie Birch, African American Studies Librarian and Co-Convener of Intersections on Mass Incarceration, has organized a new collaborative effort to capture global news information pertaining to incarcerated populations in prisons, jails, and detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can find the page here:

Peter Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida