2012 Alice Hamilton Scholarship Winners    

The 2012 Colorado Archaeological Society Alice Hamilton Scholarship Award Committee awarded $5,550 this spring to a field of fourteen Scholars consisting of three undergraduate students, ten Masters Candidates and one PhD Candidate.

All of this year’s applicants were well qualified and were supported with Letters of Recommendation from top archaeological educators and researchers around Colorado. The Scholars were from six institutions across the state, and projects involved research from Paleo-Indian through Historic periods.

The Scholarship requirement is that students be enrolled with at least half-time load at a Colorado institution of higher education in archaeology or related field. Awards are made on the quality of the application and worthiness of the project as it pertains to the enrichment of the field of archaeology, with an emphasis on Colorado, Southwestern or Rocky Mountain archaeology.

The Scholarship fund monies are generated by donation and through fund-raising activities at the State and local Chapter levels. $750 is the maximum award allowed to any one student.

The 2012 Alice Hamilton Scholars are:

Jacob Sedig, Doctoral Candidate, University of Colorado, Boulder $650

For dissertation fieldwork: A Trimble GPS unit for continued investigation of the Woodrow Ruin, a rare un-looted Mimbres site near Cliff, New Mexico.

Suzanne Brant, Masters Candidate, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins ___ $350

Thesis laboratory work: radiocarbon dating of bison bone collagen from the Blanz bison kill site in Larimer County, Colorado

Richard Burnette, Masters Candidate, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins ___ $500

Thesis historical record search: investigation of the socio-economic organization of the Vanoli site red-light district, in data collections at the Ouray County Clerk office, the Ouray Historical Society and Reed Library at Ft. Lewis College, Durango.

Andrew Carroll, Masters Candidate, University of Colorado, Boulder _______ $300

Thesis field and laboratory work: continuing at Villa Maxentius in Rome and at Poggio Civitate near Siena, Italy. Preliminary work toward starting PhD program in the fall.

Sarah Herrera, Masters Candidate, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins _____ $300

For thesis fieldwork: For excavation and analysis of a chulpa, or multi-person above ground burial structure of the Huari Empire in Peru.

Lucas Hoedl, Masters Candidate, University of Colorado, Denver _____ $300

For thesis labwork: For Neutron Activation Analysis of 99 obsidian samples for sourcing determination in western Mexico, and critical comparison of these results with classification by visual inspection.

Christopher Johnston, Masters Candidate, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins __ $600

For thesis laboratory expenses: For AMS dating of bison bone from the Roberts Buffalo Jump, Livermore, CO.

John Koukopoulos, Masters Candidate, University of Colorado, Boulder __ $350

For thesis fieldwork expenses: For vehicle rental supporting a month-long pedestrian survey of 25 sq-km of the northern piedmont, lower Rio Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Mark Sanders, Masters Candidate, University of Denver, Denver __ $500

For thesis fieldwork expenses: For consultation with Archaeological Conservancy, National Trust for Historic Preservation and BLM site stewards program for the development of a collaborative approach to site preservation.

Rebecca Simon, Masters Candidate, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins _ _ $500

For thesis field expenses: Working in conjunction with Project Archaeology to develop a 4th grade curriculum for the Vanoli site in Ouray, Colorado

John Wagner, Masters Candidate, University of Colorado, Denver _ _ $350

For thesis laboratory expenses: For analysis of lithic tool and debitage attributes from two adjacent sites from adjacent time periods in western Mexico.

Jayson Gill, Undergraduate, Metro State University, Denver _ _ $350

For field school expenses: For an eight week internship with a BLM archaeologist, near Taos, New Mexico.

Amy Nilius, Undergraduate, Western State College, Gunnison _ _ $250

For independent study expenses: For continuing testing of lichenometric dating of historic artifacts and structures in the Gunnison Basin, Colorado

Audrey Pazmino, Undergraduate, University of Colorado, Boulder _ _ $250

For travel expenses: For the poster presentation at SAA meeting of original research on obsidian sourcing by X-Ray fluorescence at southern New Mexico’s Black Mountain site.


 A heartfelt thank-you is extended to all students who applied, and to the twenty two educators and other professionals who wrote letters of recommendation for the applicants. It is very interesting and rewarding for the committee members to read and rank the applications. The decisions were, as always, quite difficult. Scholars are encouraged to apply in subsequent years, if they still meet the eligibility requirements.

CAS requires that the Scholars submit a short written summary on how the monies were used. They are also strongly encouraged to present their research findings or a progress report at the C.A.S. annual meeting, or at a local Chapter monthly meeting or newsletter, as appropriate. Completed papers may also be submitted for publication in CAS’ respected quarterly journal, Southwestern Lore. This dissemination of our funded research results is of significant benefit to the CAS membership, to the individual Scholar and to the profession.

This report is being sent to all Scholars, their references, CAS Chapters and to various Colorado public and educational entities as a press release. C.A.S. members who are interested in reading applications may contact the Committee via email, phone or mail.

Respectfully submitted,

Philip C. Williams

Philip C. Williams, Chair, C.A.S. Alice Hamilton Scholarship Fund Committee

ahsfc@hotmail.com, p2pwms@comcast.net

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