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Field Research and Training Opportunities

Field Schools

Graduate students Jess Miller and Ted Gold shovel-testing in the path of proposed

construction on the USF campus, 2015

The Department offers formal field schools on a semi-regular basis, and many students also pursue opportunities for field research with individual faculty members, especially in archaeology, where faculty contracts often offer short term opportunities.

Applied Biocultural Field School in Costa Rica: Globalization and Health

This is a five-week summer research program held in conjunction with the Monteverde Institute (, a non-profit educational and research organization that works in partnership with universities around the world. The field school provides training in qualitative and quantitative methods for applied anthropology and health disciplines. The experience allows participants to explore the changing face of health and healthcare in communities undergoing rapid social, cultural and economic change associated with globalization. Research topics include nutrition/food security, HIV/AIDS, occupational risks among farm workers, and reproductive health. The field school is open to graduate students and to exceptional undergraduates at the senior level. The field school is not offered every year, but opportunities also exist for students to take up research internships with the Monteverde Institute. For information about the school and other research in Costa Rica, contact Dr. Nancy Romero ( or Dr. David Himmelgreen (

Archaeological Field Research

The Department often conducts a field school in Florida in the summer. Specifics vary from year to year, depending on location, faculty leader and other factors, but generally introduce students to a variety of archaeological methods including mapping, survey, geophysical survey, testing, and small-scale excavation. Students may also gain experience working with the public. Contact Dr. Nancy White,, Dr. Tom Pluckhahn,, or Dr. Diane Wallman,, if interested. Contract and volunteer opportunities will also usually be posted on the Department listserve.