Archaeology Awards

Ed Curtin accepting his awardFounders Award 2017

Bill Engelbrecht presented Ed Curtin with the Founders Award on behalf of NYAC for a lifetime of dedication to New York State Archaeology.

Awards & Grants

The New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) offers several awards each year to help encourage scientific archaeological efforts in New York.  One of these awards is for student papers, while the other is open to anyone that has contributed to our knowledge of the past or that have assisted in the preservation of archaeological sites.

In order to encourage and recognize excellence in archaeological research and to encourage site stewardship and preservation the New York Archaeological Council and other organizations in New York offer awards or funding opportunities.  These organizations include the New York Archaeological Council, the New York State Archaeological Association, and the Funk Foundation.  Details on the Awards/Grants are available from each organization at:

Available Awards: Student Paper/Poster Competition and the Founders Award.

Student Paper/Poster Competition

The New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) announces an award in NArchaeology Awards Grants & Fundingew York Archaeological Research.  NYAC offers two student prize awards of $250 each, one for the best student paper and the other for the best student poster. The competition is open to any undergraduate or graduate student performing research on a topic related to New York State Archaeology.

The Award

The prize is viewed as a way of promoting the utilization of information gathered through Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and other research activities in New York State.  The winning paper author will be encouraged to submit the paper for publication in regional journals, such as Northeastern Anthropology.

Eligibility

Open on a competitive basis to any undergraduate or graduate student performing research on a topic related to New York State Archeology.

Criteria

The award will be restricted to research, historic or prehistoric, conducted within New York State, or otherwise relating to New York State archaeology.  Research may include data collected during recent field research or during research on extant collections. Papers/Posters should include, as appropriate, the problem orientation, theoretical perspective, research objectives, analysis of data, conclusions and contributions of the research to Northeastern archaeology.  NYAC strongly encourages the use of CRM data.  Manuscripts, however, should be submitted in scientific paper format.

Format

Papers:  Manuscripts are to be no longer than 30 pages, double-spaced, and follow the editorial standards used for American Antiquity.

Posters: Poster submittals should consider the available guidance, for example from the SAA Bulletin.

Deadlines

March 1 with winners announced at the Spring NYAC meeting.  For More Information: e-mail questions t William Engelbrecht, Send Mail.

Submission

For the student prizes, three copies of the paper or poster. For the Founders Award, three copies of the nominations letter and supporting documents.

Submit to: William Engelbrecht, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Anthropology,
Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222.

NYAC Founder’s Award

Founder's Grant AwardThe New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) announces an award for unique contributions to the field of archaeology and preservation.

NYAC Founders Awardize recognizes individuals who have assisted with preservation and research efforts in New York State Archaeology.

The Award

The membership of the New York Archaeological Council has endorsed an award to honor those individuals who have assisted in the preservation of sites, and/or who have contributed substantially to our knowledge of the past.  The prize is viewed as a way of recognizing those outstanding individuals who have assisted with preservation and research efforts in the New York State Archaeology.

Format

Individuals nominating someone for the Founder’s Award should submit a letter outlining the nominees’ contributions to preservation and archaeology.  Letters of support from others familiar with the individual’s contributions are encouraged but not required.

Funk Foundation Grants

The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, under the auspices of the New York State Museum Institute, a private non-profit charitable organization, receives monetary contributions in memory of Bob Funk. The Funk Foundation administers a fund for support of archaeological research in New York State, particularly on the prehistoric and contact periods yet not limited to this time span.

Awards of up to $2,000 are available for technical analysis, travel, equipment, publication, or other research expenses.   The categories of applicants are: professional, avocational, and student.

The Foundation is sponsored by the New York State Museum Institute, a private non-profit partner of the New York State Museum. The Foundation is supported by private contributions and governed by a council that serves in a voluntary capacity. Donations are tax deductible.

To Apply for  a Funk Foundation Grant

To obtain grant guidelines and application forms see the Foundation web site: www.funkfoundation.org

To donate funds to the Funk Foundation:

Checks should be made out to the New York State Museum Institute and be accompanied by a form, letter, memo, or other indication that the donation is for the Funk Foundation. Donations are be placed in a restricted account that will be accessible only to the Foundation board. The Institute will charge a nominal handling fee and a small amount will go to a website to provide information on the foundation. Please send checks to:

Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation
c/o The New York State Museum Institute
3025 Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230