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J. Michael Quigg Student Research Grant

What is a CTA student research grant?

It is a grant to provide funding to a student member conducting a research project relevant to Texas archeology. This would include prehistoric and historic archeological research topics from Texas and surrounding states (including Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, and Chihuahua) that have some bearing on the archeology of Texas.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible one has to be a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university and a member of the CTA. An applicant’s membership dues must be paid for the year in which he/she is applying for the grant (subject to verification). All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply.

What is the amount of the research grant?

There are two grants of $1,200.00 each.

How does an eligible CTA member apply?

Eligible members must submit a cover letter, proposal (no more than two pages, double-spaced), and budget (no more than one page) for their research project. A letter of recommendation from an advisor or professor also must be submitted, as does a copy of the current semester’s fee statement or other record verifying the eligible member’s enrollment. Enrollment is subject to verification by the CTA Membership committee. All application materials should be sent to the CTA President and the Membership Committee Chair.

Hard copy and electronic submissions will both be accepted.

What is the deadline for applying?

The deadline for application materials (cover letter, proposal, budget, and verification of enrollment) is March 26. The recipient of the research grant will be announced at the Spring CTA meeting of each year (early to mid-April) and the money will be awarded to the student at that time.

What are the responsibilities of the grant recipient?

The recipient of the grant will be required to submit a report or article (no more than ten pages, double-spaced) to the Membership Committee for publication in the CTA Newsletter. This report must be submitted within one year of receiving the award. The report will explain to the membership how the money was used and the results of his/her research. The report need not be comprehensive or exhaustive but should indicate how the project contributes to our understanding of Texas archeology. If for some reason a grant recipient has not completed his/her research project within one year, the recipient must still submit a progress report on the project to the Membership Committee.


Contact: The CTA President and the Membership Committee Chair.
The Council of Texas Archeologists reserves the right to refuse or reject any applicant’s application materials due to incompleteness, and/or ineligibility. The organization also reserves the right to determine the relevance to Texas archeology of an applicant’s proposal.

Past Winners for the Student Research Grant:

2022: Bonnie Etter, Ph.D. Candidate at SMU

Bonnie's research is on the study of Perdiz points and Toyah paradox. Bonnie will research disconnect between historical data and archeological data as well as create a mathematical model for Perdiz points and the analyze changes over time and space. Bonnie's pilot study was successful!

2022: Jerod Roberts, M.A. student at Texas State University

Jerod's research is focusing on Red Linear Style rock art with the Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center. Jerod wants to see how the rock art fits into the lifeways.

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