The Department offers the opportunity for students to participate in archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork, as well as cultural resource management, during the summer. This has been done under the auspices of the James G. Leyburn program, an endowed program that allows undergraduates and alumni working in anthropology to compete for stipends. Since its inception, this program has provided funding to students enabling them to conduct research or work in the field.
The James G. Leyburn Scholars Program in Anthropology, established in 1979, has provided stipends to more than 150 students, allowing them to author or co-author articles in anthropology, present papers at anthropological meetings, and participate in fieldwork in archaeology, anthropology, and do cultural resource management projects.
Starting in 1989, the program has allowed students to work within National Forests and Bureau of Land Management areas in the states of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana as well as in the Lexington area. It has also supported students doing ethnographic projects in Guatemala, Chicago, and Hong Kong.
Some of our Leyburn Scholars have presented successful papers at conferences. For example, Kristen Chasse' won best undergraduate student paper at Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference 2007 with her paper "Monongahela Mortuary Practices at the Reckner Site."
To read about some of our students' fieldtrips with Leyburn funds, click on the following links