Student Awards & Grants

The FAS Dorothy Moore Student Grant

The Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) is making available $500.00 to be awarded annually to archaeology students (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D.) who are currently enrolled in a Florida university. The grant money will assist students conducting archaeological research in Florida. Grant funds can be used to cover the costs associated with archaeological fieldwork, special analyses (e.g., radiocarbon dates, faunal or botanical analyses, soils analysis, etc.), and, in some cases, travel expenses associated with presenting a paper based on the student’s research at a professional meeting.

Students interested in applying for the grant should submit a letter, not to exceed two pages, 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 these problems; what, if any, additional funds will be used to accomplish the research; and how the research will contribute to Florida archaeology. The applicant should include a budget indicating the amount requested and describing how the money will be spent along with a letter(s) of support from faculty. For more information, or to submit your application, contact: Dr. Robert Austin, FAS Student Grant, P.O. Box 2818, Riverview, FL 33568 or via email to

2017 Recipient Christina Bolte
University of  West Florida

2017 FAS Dorothy Moore Student Grant Recipient, Christina Bolte from the University of West Florida, with Robert Austin and Dorothy Moore. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Chuck and Jane Wilde Archaeological Research Award

The annual Chuck Wilde Archaeological Research Award is given by the Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy. This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of two exemplar avocational archaeologists who dedicated years of their lives promoting education that prioritized the significance of South Central Florida’s cultural resources. This award is only offered to students continuing in the field of Florida archaeology and its use is limited to archaeological research costs. The award ($500.00) might be applied toward processing fees such as C14 dating, participation in fieldwork opportunities, or in research materials. Each student that submits a paper or poster at the FAS Annual Meeting (either may be co-authored by a professional) will have the opportunity to enter the competition.

Please mark the appropriate box on the conference registration form to participate. One entry will be drawn at random at the Friday FAS Board Meeting to decide the recipient. The recipient shall receive one complimentary ticket to the awards banquet.

2017 Recipient Henna Bhramdat
Florida Atlantic University

Henna Bhramdat presenting her paper “A Comparison of Skeletal Features within the Boynton Beach and Margate-Blount Burial Mounds" CLICK TO ENLARGE

WMSLSSAS Student Travel Grants

The Warm Mineral Springs/Little Salt Spring Archaeological Society (WMSLSSAS) is pleased to offer $200 supplemental travel grants to two eligible students who present a paper or poster at the FAS Annual Meeting. The grant can be used for expenses pertaining to the meeting (including hotel, registration, and travel expenses). Students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program and first-time FAS presenters are eligible to apply.

For consideration, send a letter of request for an FAS Travel Grant with your paper or poster abstract, copy of current student ID, and proof of registration to Jodi Johnson at Selection of awards will be based on review of the letter of application and abstract, and proof of conference registration and university enrollment.

2017 Recipients Jennifer Dewey, Kendal Jackson, Jenni Baggett
Florida Atlantic University, University of South Florida, University of West Florida

Jennifer and Kendal collect their grants from WMSLSSAS president, Steve Koski. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Jenni Baggett being awarded her grant by WMSLSSAS president, Steve Koski. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Student Prize Competition

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree granting collegiate programs are encouraged to compete for a prize. The student must submit a paper of original research that contributes to our understanding of Florida’s cultural history.

Contestants must register for the conference and submit a copy of their paper by the respective deadlines below and make an oral presentation at the FAS meeting. The oral presentations must be drawn from the written paper.

Judging criteria for student papers and oral presentations are: quality of writing, overall presentation, quality of arguments and supporting data, and overall contribution to our understanding of Florida’s cultural past and/or present. Prizes will be awarded during the Saturday evening banquet.

2017 Recipient Jessica Jenkins
University of Florida

The 2017 student prize committee was chaired by Vicki Rolland of UNF and included FA editor Jeff Du Vernay and Maarten van de Guchte. Jeff Du Vernay presented the book prize to Jessica Jenkins (left) for her paper, “Exploring Oyster Mariculture at Woodland Civic-Ceremonial Centers on Florida’s Gulf Coast.” CLICK TO ENLARGE