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Cheryl L. Harper Memorial Fund Scholarship

The purpose of the Fund is to honor Cheryl L. Harper, a 1994 alumna in Anthropology, who went on to graduate work in archaeology. The scholarship provides support to graduate students in archaeology in the Department of Anthropology. The scholarship may be used for educational expenses including tuition, fees, books, miscellaneous supplies, room, board, summer research stipend or insurance stipend, field research, technical analyses, collections research, travel, and other costs associated with research and/or dissertation. Any graduate student of archaeology is eligible to apply. Candidates will be evaluated based on financial need and the overall quality of their academic work. Selection of recipients shall be by a scholarship committee under the oversight of the Department Head.

Recent recipients

2018-2019:  Sophie Miller: “Did curiosity ‘domesticate’ the cat? An examination of wildcat and domestic cat skeletal specimens, using collected observational, linear/3D-GM, and photographic data.”  Sophie’s dissertation project which will take her to Muséum National D’Histoire Naturélle (MNHN) to pursue her research.

2017-2018:  Robert DiNapoli, “Investigating the Origins of Monumental Architecture on Rapa Nui (Easter Island).” The award will be used to purchase dissertation research supplies.

Hannah Wellman, “Applied Zooarchaeology: Case Studies from Coastal Oregon.” Hannah will use the award to receive training in ancient DNA labwork as part of her dissertation on the ancient DNA of archaeological sea otters from Oregon.

2016-2017: John O’Connor: To support research entitled, “Historical Ecology and Community Patterning at Ra’atea, Society Islands, French Polynesia.” The fund will be used to attain 14C age determinations and isotopic analysis of floral and faunal samples recovered from the research area. This work will enable communities and environmental workers to effectively argue for the protection of local heritage sites that hold substantial cultural significance to the people of French Polynesia.

2015-2016: Damion Sailors, To support research entitled, “An Archaeological Study of Pacific Island Aquaculture.”

2014-2015: Annie Caruso, To support research entitled, “A Critical Heritage Analysis of the Carriacou Archaeology Field Project.”

2012-2013: Anna Sloan, To support research entitled, “Alaska Native Cultures and Languages: Coursework for Summer 2013.”


Hannah Wellman’s research supported by a Cheryl L. Harper Memorial Scholarship

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