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Student research Awards

ARARA believes that one of the best ways to support rock art research is to support students who are pursuing rock art related research during their academic careers. These awards are available to students anywhere in the world. Students can be enrolled in a variety of programs such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, fine arts, chemistry, physics, geology, linguistics, or geography. For example, these awards are open to students in chemistry working on rock art dating, in linguistics working on interpretation, and in fine arts looking for aesthetic/production-oriented similarities, etc., or pursuing a discipline that we haven't mentioned that will benefit rock art research.

ARARA recognizes that the scope and costs of research projects can be substantially different at the undergraduate, master, and PhD levels of education. As a result, we have three different awards that recognize each of these levels of academic pursuit. Only one award will be funded per year at each level of academic research. 

Award funding:
Undergraduate: Not to exceed $500
Master: Not to exceed $1500
PhD: Not to exceed $2500

Reimbursable expenses:

Award funds are for reimbursement of research expenses in order to publish a thesis, dissertation, or peer-reviewed academic paper as part of a student’s academic program. This award supports:

  • travel to a rock art site;
  • field work with a qualified mentor or program;
  • laboratory work to further research study and/or literature research;
  • reasonable out-of-pocket travel costs (airfare, mileage, meals, accommodation);
  • field or laboratory equipment;
  • materials for documentation and/or analysis.

These research awards will not reimburse salary for research time, travel to meetings to present research, or indirect overhead costs (for example any cost or administrative fees from an academic institution). Questions regarding reimbursable expenses should be submitted to ararastudentawards@rockart.us.

Qualified Applicants:
Students must be actively enrolled at either a traditional or
non-traditional equivalent (NTE) degree program in order to qualify for the awards. Prior recipients in good standing can re-apply for additional projects or research, once the initial award has been fully completed, as long as the applicant is still in a collegiate program or NTE. For example, a student can receive an award for a Master's degree project and then re-submit for a PhD project. Past applicants who were not selected are also encouraged to re-apply if their project is still ongoing or if they have continued their education by enrolling in a higher-level collegiate program or NTE.

Submissions:
The application deadline is variable based on the timing of the annual ARARA conference
https://arara.wildapricot.org/Conf-Info-2023 where we announce the award recipients. For the 2023 awards, applicants must submit their award application to the Committee Chair at ararastudentawards@rockart.us by January 20, 2023. 
The application should include:

  • Research proposal no more than 3 pages in length (excluding references) that describes objectives and methodology of the research project, indigenous involvement, impacts to the study/education of rock art, research project, type of expected product (thesis, dissertation, or peer-reviewed paper), and timeframe/potential barriers to completion of the research.
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Two letters of support, including one from the thesis/dissertation chair or academic mentor that certifies that the student is conducting the proposed research along with their expected date of degree completion.


Process:
Proposals are reviewed by the Education Committee and approved by the ARARA Board.
All applicants will be notified of their status by the Education Committee no later than February 10, 2023. Award winners are paid at the time of approval of the award.
Once accepted and until completion, the award recipient will be required to submit an annual 5-minute update video that will be shown at the ARARA Conference(s). This video should include research progress, schedule updates, and interesting/unusual observations or data.
A Final Report should be turned into the ARARA Education Committee ararastudentawards@rockart.us at the completion of the project (no more than four years after the award was received).  This report should include the product of the research (thesis, dissertation, or peer-reviewed paper and proof of valid expenditures. Award winners are required to refund any unused funds at the time of the submission of the final report.

Questions and other ARARA Awards:
Questions regarding the Student Research Awards , or the application process should be addressed to the Committee Chair and submitted at ararastudentawards@rockart.us
. The award recipients are encouraged to present their research at a future ARARA conference and are eligible for a Student Travel Advance Award ($500) if they present a paper at an ARARA Annual Conference.
Other ARARA sponsored awards can be found at https://arara.wildapricot.org/Awards.
We encourage all students to review the Castleton Award which can be awarded for unpublished rock art research.

Past recipients include (award not given in years not listed):

2019: Levan Losaberidze

2020: Jordan Schaefe
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2021: Lucy Gill
2022: Jack Hubler-Dayton (Masters) and Mairead Dorey (PhD)


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