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Our school and its Center for Archaeology and Society manage extensive archaeological, ethnographic and evolutionary anthropology collections. Primarily from Arizona but also representing Mesoamerica, Africa and Asia, they are available for your research, teaching and exhibitions. Of the more than 250,000 individual and bulk specimens, about 200,000 are digitized. Type and comparative collections are also available in a variety of materials: ceramics, fauna, pollen, seeds, non-human primates and fossil hominid and dental casts. Individual faculty members also maintain artifacts, human remains and/or related digital materials relevant to their teaching and research. See individual faculty members, curator of collections Arleyn Simon and further information on this site for access, since the collections are stored in multiple buildings on and off-campus.
You will have scores of opportunities to connect with faculty and fellow students at a full calendar of lectures, brown bag lunch discussions, dissertation defenses and exhibit openings. A weekly e-digest, graduate blackboard site, mobile web application and the weekly event guide posted outside the main office are your best source of current event listings. The full calendar is also online.
Leading faculty members conduct field schools around the world to provide you with hands-on experience and unique learning opportunities. Our students have excavated Bronze Age villages in the Mediterranean, explored the Ethiopian discovery site of the famed hominid fossil “Lucy,” studied the ancient cultures of the American Southwest, examined the paleoecology of the South African coast and trained at the Kampsville site of bioarchaeology and paleopathology pioneer Jane Buikstra. Specific program dates and registration deadlines are on our Field Schools pages.
Your ASU identification card will allow you 24/7 access to Room 146 of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change Building, a state-of-the-art computing lab equipped specifically for our graduate student needs. You can bring your laptop or use the school’s computers, peripherals and wireless access. Additional software is also available from MyASU’s “my apps.” My Help/Help Desk is the convenient area on MyASU to submit a request for technical assistance.
We offer ASM 579, a proposal writing course, each fall and spring semester for advanced graduate students. Proposal writing and reviewing are covered, with a focus on the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant format, along with a number of professional development topics. In recent years, nearly all of our students who applied for the NSF dissertation improvement grant were successful, and in the past 11 years, we were awarded five of the Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Awards.
Mimmo Bonanni serves as the subject librarian for the school, handling anthropology and archaeology, global health and museum studies. Bonnani is available to help students with their research needs by assisting in locating specialized resources; using RefWorks to manage citations and create custom bibliographies; and providing consultations for theses and dissertations, as well as research/teaching assistant duties.
Contact Bonanni at 480-965-8168 or via email.
We offer you the chance to supervise some of our top undergraduate students on research projects where you may need assistance. This not only gives our undergraduates critical research experience and helps expedite your project, but helps you hone your mentoring skills. All you need to do is apply for an apprentice, listing the faculty research investigator you are working with, and we will match a student with your needs. We can help guide you through developing clear expectations, coaching and efficiently managing your student mentees upon request. A call will go out each semester via the graduate student weekly e-digest, but feel free to speak with a graduate or undergraduate advisor or your faculty member in advance if you need help developing the detailed scope of work.