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2013 Summer Internship Announcement
Title: Summer 2013 Internships at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University
Sponsor: The Harvard University Native American Program and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
Application Deadline: February 17, 2013
Location: Cambridge, MA

The Peabody Museum and the Harvard University Native American Program invite applications for the summer internships at the Peabody Museum for undergraduate (or recent graduates) and graduate students. Opportunities vary from year to year, but generally the internships are designed to offer experience in museum activities such as curatorial research, collections management, archives, museum education, public programming, publications and/or conservation.

  • Internships are supervised by Museum professional staff.
  • Internships are for 20 hours per week over 8 weeks: June 3 to July 26.
  • The Peabody offers a small stipend in accordance with applicable laws. Please note, the Peabody cannot offer assistance in obtaining housing or a housing subsidy.
  • Interns must attend an orientation on June 3, 9:30–4:30
  • Interns must be available for a brown-bag lunch 12:00–1:30 pm on Wednesdays during the internship period.
  • All interns are required to give a presentation to staff at the end of the internship.
  • Internship projects are described below: Applicants should apply for one (maximum of two) of the specific projects listed below.


Osteology and Conservation
This internship has two distinct parts and is geared toward a student interested in learning about analysis, conservation, and curation of osteological collections. The primary focus of the project will be to work with museum staff in the Osteology Department to ready osteological collections for teaching in a new space in Fall 2013. This will involve rehousing casts of fossils and human and non-human primate skeletal remains, and creating new, descriptive labels to facilitate their use in teaching. Approximately two weeks of time will be devoted to the conservation of a complicated mount of a cast of “Lucy” working in the Conservation Laboratory with museum conservators. The second part of the internship involves assessing human skeletal remains from a pre-dynastic Egyptian archaeological site. Several weeks will be devoted to this project. The intern will learn museum standards for analyzing and recording demographic information. Applicants should have course-level and/or practical experience with human osteology collections. Required skills include attention to detail, fine hand skills, and familiarity with using sharp tools safely.

Publications/Peabody Museum Press
This internship is geared toward a student interested in gaining practical experience in all aspects of museum and scholarly publishing, from acquisitions through editorial, design, production, and post-production activities. It will also introduce the intern to diverse anthropological subject matter and a wide range of museum collections. Areas of activity may include:

  • Acquisitions: Research readers for manuscripts; correspond with peer reviewers; send MSS out for review; track responses. Read and comment on manuscripts as part of internal review process.
  • Production: Assist with manuscript preparation and proofing; assemble and organize illustrative materials for books; obtain permissions and digital files; prepare images for print; record data in electronic database.
  • Post-Production: Populate the publications database, entering publishing history and metadata for recently published books. Following FAS procedures, archive paper and electronic publishing records.
  • Applicants should have superior writing skills and attention to detail; knowledge of anthropology/archaeology subject matter; and familiarity with some or all of the following programs: FileMaker, Excel, InDesign, PhotoShop.

Curatorial: Harvard Yard Excavation Documentation
This internship is geared towards a student who is interested in eastern North American archaeology and ethnology. It focuses on recent archaeological excavations in Harvard Yard, which have recovered artifacts related to the early history of the College. Intern will assist museum staff with the documentation and analysis of historical archaeological collections toward comprehensive report of recent excavations, involving compilation and refinement of data into the museum database and, if possible, specialized analysis on some parts of the collection. Applicants should have course-level and/or knowledge of North American anthropology.

This internship is directed towards a student with an interest in museum record-keeping, exhibition and loan protocols, and data entry. The intern will work with Registration Department staff to create retrospective records in the Peabody’s TMS database. The intern will review archival loan and exhibition records, extract relevant information, create and populate loan and exhibition records in the TMS database, scan original documents as appropriate, and attach these scanned documents to the database records. If time allows, the intern will review TMS records for the Peabody’s collection of Inman paintings to verify past location accuracy. Initial training in TMS basics offered to all interns will be supplemented by in-depth training in the system’s Loan and Exhibition modules provided by the Registration staff. Applicants should have experience working with archival or museum records and databases. Attention to detail and ability to work independently are required.


Download Application: Available internships and application.

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Internship Opportunity Announcement
Title: Summer Student Internship Program
Deadline: February 22, 2013

The internship is designed to give current college students an opportunity to:

  • Assist EPA/Tribal agencies with environmental issues.
  • Acquire ready-to-use skills.
  • Gain actual experience while contributing to a project.
  • Earn $4,000 during the ten week experience.
  • Receive a limited housing allowance.
  • Receive a limited travel allowance.


  • Be a US Citizen.
  • Possess at valid driver’s license.
  • Be a full-time student during Spring 2013 (12 hrs undergrad, 9 hrs grad) with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Be majoring in an environmental or related field like science, engineering, planning, policy, law, management, political science, anthropology, health, etc and have an interest in pursuing an environmental career upon graduating from college.
  • Possess proficient verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have a strong interest in working with Native American tribes or topics.

Application: Applications are submitted through the website; letters of reference must be sent electronically. For further details:

Contact: Graylynn Hudson at or 928-523-8864


Internship Opportunity Announcement
Title: Student Trainee (Range Management) Pathways Program (Intern)
Duration: 10-week summer program: May 27, 2013-August 2, 2013
Application deadline: February 3, 2013

The Pathways Program (Intern) is a planned and progressive, career-related student employment program. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to gain appropriate experience commensurate to their academic curriculum and career goals. The Pathways Program is designed to provide a source of well-trained employees for career entry into the Forest Service workforce. This position will provide a student with the opportunity to gain appropriate experience as well as provide the Forest Service a source of well-trained employees for career entry. The selectee will be exposed to all duties of a Rangeland Management Specialist (RMS), first focusing on developing a working knowledge of the field tasks required to be a successful RMS. The selectee will perform technical work in support of range management including monitoring, inspections, tests, and/or sampling. The selectee will be responsible for preparing reports, diagrams, graphs, etc., and will assist in planning and carrying out rangeland management support work such as field studies and inspections in support of management, protection, conservation, and development of range resources. Successful completion of the program can result in an offer of permanent position as a U.S. Forest Service Rangeland Management Specialist in the Northern Region. The location of the position upon conversion may not be the same as the location during the internship.


  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Must be enrolled in or accepted to (with the intent to attend) an accredited college or university, graduate or professional school; and carry at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution. Must be in a degree-seeking academic program.
  • Enrolled in an academic major that is related to the occupation you wish to be considered for.
  • Must be able to complete required occupation-related work experience (640 hours) prior to or concurrently with the completion of course requirements for the degree.
  • Must be a United States citizen or national (resident of American Samoa or Swains Island). If you are not a citizen, you may participate if you are legally admitted to the United States as a permanent resident, and are able to meet citizenship requirements prior to completion of your degree.
  • Must be in good academic standing. Cannot be on academic probation.
  • If selected, students must sign the Participation Agreement; furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; provide verification of academic status at the end of each academic term (grade report or transcript); must meet academic standards as set forth by the school they are attending; maintain satisfactory progress in completing academic requirements; and demonstrate satisfactory performance and conduct. Students will be required to complete all academic requirements for the target position as stipulated by the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards.

Application: To begin the process, go to Familiarize yourself with this website. It is highly recommended to watch the video tutorial on how to search for internships. Next, find the job announcement for this outreach by clicking Search Jobs. Then click the Apply Online button to the right of the announcement to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

For questions pertaining to eligibility and program requirements contact:

Harvey Hergett Regional Trainee Program Manager E: PH: (406) 329-3172

For questions pertaining to position duties contact:

Charlene F. Bucha Gentry Pintler District Ranger E: PH: (406) 859-3211

Cameron Rasor Rangeland Management Specialist E: PH: (406) 859-3211

Russ Riebe Wisdom/Wise River District Ranger E: PH: (406) 689-3243

Internship Opportunity Announcement
Title: MCHC/RISE-UP Program
Duration: 10-week summer program: May 27, 2013-August 2, 2013
Application deadline: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Juniors and seniors with a GPA 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale; and students who received their baccalaureate degree within 12 months of MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation

This program's ultimate goal is to promote a more diversified and equal health system by introducing highly qualified undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to the field of public health. All students interested in addressing health disparities are encouraged to apply. The program kicks off with an orientation at KKI/Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore MD, the student then returns to their training site and the program closes with a visit and ceremony at the CDC in Atlanta, GA. The student selects one of three MCHC/RISE-UP training sites (Maryland, California or South Dakota); the one that is closest to their permanent residence. Three public health leadership experiences are offered at each MCHC/RISE-UP site – Clinical/Community, Community Engagement and Advocacy and Research. Students may choose up to two (2) leadership experiences at one (1) of the aforementioned locations. A $3,500 stipend is provided to all program participants. Student housing and round-trip travel for out-of-state applicants is also available. All program activities are contingent on CDC funding.

Application: Please complete the required application package.

For additional program information, please contact:

Fellowship Opportunity Announcement
Title: Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
Duration: 9-week summer program: May 27, 2013- July 26, 2013
Application deadline: Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is a CDC funded summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for students from underrepresented populations and those interested in addressing health disparities related to infectious diseases. The program begins May 27, 2013, with an orientation at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland (Students assigned to CDC will have their CDC orientation in Atlanta on Thursday and Friday of the first week.) During the remaining eight weeks of the program, students receive mentored research and professional development experiences at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia or in Baltimore, Maryland at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Bloomberg School of Public Health, or the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Students who are members of under-represented populations (as defined by the federal government) are strongly encouraged to apply!

Program Benefits:

  • A $4,000 stipend is provided for all participants.
  • Housing and round-trip travel are also available for out-of-state students.
  • Sponsorship to attend a national scientific meeting following abstract submission
  • Sponsored membership in the American Public Health Association (APHA)


  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have the ability to commit to the length of the fellowship

Application: To be considered for admission, students must complete an application package.

For additional program information, please contact

Internship Opportunity Announcement
Title: Bank of America Student Leaders® program for High School Juniors & Seniors
Duration: 8 Weeks
Application deadline: January 25, 2013


  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school;
  • Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit/charitable organization and work 35 hours a week;
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2013;
  • Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July 8- July 13, 2013). (All expenses paid as part of the Student Leaders Program. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.);
  • Be a student in good standing at your school; and
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.

Preparing high school students for leadership is an essential component of our community investments. We also recognize the pressing issue of finding youth employment as large numbers of young people search for work experience that will translate into long-term success.

Our Student Leaders® program connects young leaders with employment that helps to give them the necessary tools and resources they need to advance. Through the Student Leaders® program, we recognize high school juniors and seniors who step outside of the classroom to contribute service in their own communities and beyond. Student Leaders® are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofit organizations and participate in a Student Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

Stephanie Lomibao, Senior Vice President
Bank of America
Office: 213-621-7239

Fellowship Opportunity Announcement
Title: The ACHIEVE Research Partnership
Duration: Summer 2013
Application deadline: February 13, 2013


  • PhD completed within the past 3 years OR Health professional degree1 + Master’s level degree (Master’s degree completed within the past three years)
  • 2 year term: September, 2013 – August, 2015
  • Stipend: Based on CIHR guidelines for qualified candidates
  • Fellows are required to complete all training program components within the two years
  • 3-5 Fellows may be accepted for the 2013-2015 term
  • Fellows are required to work onsite in Toronto, Canada

Required Curricular Elements

  1. Mentorship in Developing an Independent Program of Inner City Health Research
  2. Collaborative Team Research Project for Inner City Health
  3. Learning Modules in Research Methods, Knowledge Translation and Research Ethics
  4. Professional Enrichment

ACHIEVE is designed to equip new researchers with competencies that are typically unavailable through traditional research training, yet are necessary for closing the gap between measuring urban health inequities and reducing them.

  • Population Health and Health Services Interventions Research
    • Research skills to understand and monitor the health of inner city health populations
    • Research skills to understand and evaluate complex program and policy interventions
  • Community-Engaged and Partnered Research
    • Capacity to participate in and lead integrated knowledge translation projects to inner city health research
    • Capacity for transdisciplinary and interprofessional teamwork, including engaged research partnerships
    • Knowledge of critical ethical/cultural/legal issues relevant to inner city health research collaborations.

ACHIEVE is a Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research Training Program housed at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health in the Keenan Research Centre of St Michael’s Hospital that aims to equip new researchers with the competencies necessary for closing the gap between measuring inner city health inequities and reducing them. The program has two main foci:

  • Population Health and Health Services Interventions Research
  • Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Knowledge Translation

We are motivated by the CIHR’s goal to produce the next generation of “creative agents for change,” and by the Institute of Population and Public Health’s call for interventions research, defined as “the use of scientific methods to produce knowledge about policy and program interventions that operate within or outside of the health sector and have the potential to impact health at the population level.



Fellowship Opportunity Announcement
Title: Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students 2013
Duration: Summer 2013
Location: Chicago
Application deadline: February 15, 2013

Eligible are American citizens and lawful permanent residents including, but not limited to, persons who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Puerto Rican, as well as other individuals who will add diversity to the field of law and social science. Applications will be considered only from sophomores and juniors, that is, students who have completed at least the sophomore year and who have not received a bachelor’s degree by the time the fellowship begins. Applicants must have a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be moving toward an academic major in the social sciences or humanities.

The American Bar Foundation sponsors a program of summer research fellowships to interest undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. The program is supported in part by the Kenneth F. and Harle G. Montgomery Foundation, AT&T, and the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the American Bar Foundation is an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to the study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The Foundation conducts empirically based research on a broad range of civil and criminal justice issues. Current research areas include: professionalism and the transformation of the legal profession in the United States and abroad, the dynamics of employment discrimination disputes, the impact of civil rights law on the economic progress of minorities, jury decision making, public interest lawyering and social reform, historical analyses of labor, group libel, and regulatory law, and the role of law in racial relations, postcolonial settings, and globalization. The Foundation’s research is conducted by a multidisciplinary resident research faculty with academic training in law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology. Many ABF Research Professors hold joint appointments at Chicago-area universities. Recognized as a major institution in the field of law and social science, the Foundation offers a rich environment to students considering an academic or research career.

Contact: Ph: 312.988.6515 E:


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Internship Opportunity Announcement
Title: 2013 Causal Consequences of Variation Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program
Location: Harvard Medical School
Duration: 10-week internships beginning in mid-June 2013
Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2013

The Church Lab (Department of Genetics) is offering this paid internship to sophomore, juniors, and seniors who have not yet earned their bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents (green card holders) from underrepresented minority groups. The internship will provide the opportunity to gain research experience in many areas of genome science research. It will also provide a more in depth knowledge of biological science and genomics. Among other things, interns will be able to work on supervised independent projects, work closely with scientists, and seminars provided by scientists and researchers from various institutions. The internship requires 40 hours a week are devoted and provides a stipend of $4000.

Applications: send to Alex Hernandez-Siegel (

Contact: For more information, see

Fellowship Opportunity Announcement
Title: Native American Environmental Leaders of the Future

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) will offer five fellowships to students of Native American heritage, attending ESF beginning in Fall 2013. The goal of the Fellowship program is to educate a new generation of indigenous environmental leaders. The Fellowship includes a $5000 annual scholarship for 4 years---as well as a program especially designed to provide Native students with a supportive cultural community, challenging academic courses and educational enrichment such as field trips, research experiences and opportunities for applying your environmental education in community service. Students will join a weekly small, focused seminar which supports academic, personal and professional growth in a close knit group of students and mentors from the ESF Center for Native Peoples and the environment. The mission of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment is to bring together the wisdom of both indigenous knowledge and environmental science, for our shared concerns for the earth.

If you are applying for the spring 2013 semester or as a fall 2013 Early Decision freshman applicant and the effects of Hurricane Sandy have impacted your ability to submit your application materials, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the number below to speak to an Admissions Counselor about your application.


  • High school grades of at least 85%
  • Combined science and math SAT scores of 900
  • Participation in extra---curricular activities or community affairs
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Strong motivation to study natural resources and environment
  • Both freshman and transfer students are encouraged to apply

Contact: Dr. Robin Kimmerer PH: (315) 470---6760 E:


Internship Opportunity Announcement
Title: Media and Communications Internship
Application deadline: The recruitment process is open until positions are filled.


  • Excellent writing and communication skills, preferably experience reporting on issues for newspapers, journals, and other publications.
  • Experience with web and library research.
  • Basic-to-intermediate facility with spreadsheet software, web design, and blogging software.
  • Demonstrated experience in and passion for Indigenous issues--and for the importance of accurate information and analysis to guide decision-making.
  • Demonstrated interest and capability in synthesizing complex sets of data.
  • Coursework reflecting interest and knowledge in human rights, Indigenous issues, sustainable business practices, and environmental sustainability.
  • Experience working for development, Indigenous, environmental, or other sustainability-oriented organizations, as well as international experience, are a plus.

The work requires attention to detail and an ability to carefully and accurately document authoritative sources for all information gathered. Successful interns are comfortable contacting experts to track down data and other information. A curiosity about how Indigenous issues relate to social, political, and economic realities and a capacity to see connections across fields and specialties are critical.

The Media and Communications Internship with First Peoples Worldwide is a unique opportunity to support and participate in research that drives Indigenous policy and development. The intern will work closely with the First Peoples staff to design, organize, and develop web information and content that will contribute to our efforts to spur development and investment in Indigenous Peoples and communities. Responsibilities include: designing the presentation of online information and data, managing web content, and helping to create a multi-media component to the project. Interns will have the opportunity to have their articles published in major news outlets, gain experience in writing press releases and opinion editorials, do effective reporter outreach, and stage events.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to with "First Peoples Intern" in the subject line.


Internship Opportunity Announcement
Title: PRIDE Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology
Duration: Summer 1: 3 weeks in July/Aug
Mid Year Visit: 2 days plus travel tentatively in January
Annual Workshop-Conference in Washington, DC area: 3 days in May
Summer 2: 3 weeks in July/Aug
Application deadline: Accepting Applications for Summer 2013 for Cohort 3
July 10-July 31, 2013 (New Cohort)
July 28-Aug 15, 2013 (Returning Cohort)


  • A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • A member of an Under Represented Minority or a person with a disability
  • A junior faculty or scientist at an American institution
  • A letter of support from the Department Chair that allows the mentee to fully participate in the program, and to
    • Devote 5% protected time and effort throughout the program
    • Devote 100% effort to all program activities
    • Have access to institutional resources for preparing grant applications

The primary objective of the Summer Institute in Genetic Epidemiology is to provide all-expense-paid training and mentoring in genetic epidemiology and risk factors to junior-level faculty and scientists from minority groups that are under-represented in the sciences and/or with a disability, so that they can competently and effectively develop independent research programs on cutting edge Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep (HLBS) disorders. This initiative to bring faculty and scientists particularly from minority groups into research is important because of the major public health burden of these diseases, especially in minority populations.

This Summer Institute program was designed to provide a working knowledge and appreciation for genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics methods and to integrate these skills with the Mentee’s substantive research interests in CVD and HLBS problems. It will (1) require participation in 3-week summer institutes during each of two summers, (2) attending a mid-year meeting, and (3) involve long-term networking with a Mentor to advance one's own research career.

Toward this mission, our objectives include:

  1. To provide fundamental training in genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics, with an emphasis on hands-on learning in addition to pure didactic course work.
  2. To advise and mentor the mentees during the following year in terms of career development for developing independent research plans dealing with HLBS disorders.
  3. To help the mentees apply for independent career development research grants by taking full advantage of the extraordinary resources of the participating institutions and mentors.

Contact: PH: 314-362-1565 F: 314-362-2693 E:


Internship Opportunity Announcement
Title: Washington Internship for Native Students
Location: Harvard Medical School

The American University's Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) Program is an exciting opportunity for American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) students to intern and study in Washington, DC, for the semester or the summer. Students intern 35-40 hours a week in a federal agency, or private organization, which sponsors AI/AN/NH students from across the country in a Washington, DC, internship. WINS student interns take three courses in the fall or spring term, earning 12 credit hours or 2 courses in the summer, earning 6 credit hours.

Through the WINS sponsorship program interns receive:

  • transportation to and from DC
  • tuition & books
  • stipend for incidentals
  • housing at American University's Tenley Campus dormitories
  • meal plan
  • social and cultural activities.

Eligibility: You are eligible if you are currently enrolled in an academic program (or have completed your degree within 6 months), will have a minimum of 45 credits earned by program start date and maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Deadline: Varies depending on semester.

Contact: PH: 202-895-4900 F: 202-895-4882 E:

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Call for Proposals
Title: Traces of Early America
Date: September 26 to 28, 2013
Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Scholars encounter early America through its traces, the vestiges and fragments left behind. And in reconstructing the fleeting and ephemeral, scholars also attempt to trace early American encounters. This conference will bring together graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines to explore the various meanings of traces—as material objects, cultural representations, and academic practices. Papers might consider how people deliberately and unwittingly left traces as they moved through space and time; what traces or remnants of the past get privileged while others are marginalized or occluded; how written, visual, and other texts are both material objects and traces of lives and experiences; and where we look for the traces of different communities and conflicts in early America. More generally, papers might address tracing as a method of historical inquiry, one that both uncovers and constitutes objects and archives, as well as the methodological traces that have reconfigured early American studies, such as Atlantic history, diaspora studies, hemispheric studies, and circum-Caribbean and Latin American studies. We welcome applicants from a wide variety of disciplines—among them history, literature, gender studies, ethnic studies, anthropology, archeology, geography, art history, material culture, religious studies, and political science—whose work deals with the histories and cultures of North American and the Atlantic world before 1850. Applicants should email their proposals to by March 15, 2013. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a one-page c.v. Paper presentations should be no more than 20 minutes. Limited financial support is available for participants’ travel expenses. Decisions will be announced by May 15, 2013.

Contact: E:

Call for Proposals
Title: Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference
Date: June 19-22, 2013
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Deadline: 1 March 2013

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 conference will be held at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, co-hosted by Chatham University. Taking advantage of the tremendous social, geographical, and environmental opportunities that the greater Pittsburgh region has to offer, we have chosen the following theme: Linking Rural and Urban Societies and Ecologies. This theme will help us think more about social-ecological systems in an increasingly urbanized and politicized world, and it will allow us to explore salient topics, such as food, architecture, climate change, water, business, energy, transportation, education, values, fairness, and wellbeing, among many other possibilities.

Call is for individual abstracts for all forms of oral and poster presentations. AESS will make every effort to group individual papers/presentations together as thematic sessions, and may assign individual proposals to unfilled sessions developed from the first call. Presenters involved in a pre-organized symposium, panel or roundtable must submit their abstracts at this time. For pre-organized workshops, the organizer must submit an abstract for the workshop as a whole at this time, although abstracts are not required of individual presenters in such workshops.

Individual proposal deadline: 1 March 2013.

Contact: Lisa Brooks E:

Website: and click on "AESS 2013 Conference."

Call for Proposals
Title: Ninth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference
Date: April 11 & 12, 2013
Location: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Deadline: February 1, 2013

Proposals are invited for papers and panels addressing the study of American Indians in the Southeast cultural area. Topics may include academic or creative works on: archaeology, education, history, socio-cultural issues, religion, literature, oral traditions, art, identity, sovereignty, health and other matters. Creative works may include any written, visual, musical, video, digital or other creative production that connects to Southeast Indian peoples’ experiences, histories or concerns. Proposals are welcome from all persons working in the field. Only complete proposals will receive full consideration. Individuals may submit only one proposal.

Submission of Proposal: Proposals are to be submitted electronically or by mail by February 1, 2013. Proposals may not be accepted after this date. Send to or Alesia Cummings at American Indian Studies PO Box 1510 Pembroke, NC 28372-1510.

Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs
Department of American Indian Studies
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
E: Ph: 910-521-6266.


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Conference Opportunity Announcement
Title: 14TH Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference
Dates: February 7 - 8, 2013
Location: Tempe, AZ

The past, present, and future experiences of American Indian nations, communities and organizations are grounded in the concepts of sovereignty, self-determination, self-sufficiency and the rights of Indigenous peoples. Indigenous sustainability continues to be a challenge as American Indian and Native American study programs partner with others to use disparate worldviews and intellectualism to strengthen Native nations by seeking solutions to 21st century issues.

The theme of the conference is to examine the innovative approaches that tribal governments, communities, and various organizations and institutions have undertaken to best meet the needs of growing Indigenous populations. What are the issues and what types of programs and approaches are being implemented to protect and sustain tribal land and culture and the well-being of Native people?

Contact: PH: 480-965-3634 F: 480-965-2216 E:


Conference Opportunity Announcement
Title: Critical Race Theory: From the Academy to the Community Conference
Date: February 8-9, 2013
Location: Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

The conference will convene scholars, legal practitioners, and community leaders to examine the ways in which critical race theory can be applied to scholarly work, legal practice, social justice advocacy and community-based movements. Confirmed speakers include Devon Carbado, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Lani Guinier, Cheryl Harris, Tanya Hernandez, Charles Lawrence, Gary Peller, and Gerald Torres. In 2009, Yale Law School hosted a highly successful 2009 conference that explored the insights of critical race theory, as applied to immigration law. We look forward to continuing these conversations and exploring the role of CRT in other contexts at this February¹s conference.




Call for Presenters
Title: Indigenous Women’s Symposium
Conference dates: February 8-10, 2013
Location: Trent University at Peterborough, Ontario

This year’s symposium welcomes all women and allies to present on topics related to the overall theme of “Dancing on our Turtle’s Back.” We are particularly interested in the creative ways women and men are using these original teachings and women’s knowledge (however they are perceived in various Indigenous cultural contexts) in their work in communities, organizations, elementary, secondary, and post secondary education, environmental organizations and many other societal contexts in Canada and elsewhere.

Contact: Ph: 705-784-1011 E:


Conference Opportunity Announcement
Title: 31st Annual Protecting our Children: National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect
Dates: April 7-10, 2013
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • To highlight successful strategies for developing effective services
  • To reveal the latest and most innovative child and family service delivery practices
  • To highlight tactics and strategies for financing and sustaining services that impact children
  • To showcase strategies for involving youth and families in developing services and policies that lead to systems change
  • To create peer-to-peer networks that will assist each other in the work toward permanency for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families
  • To share the latest research on the well-being of AI/AN children and effective child welfare and children’s mental health services, practices, and policies.

Contact: Debra Clayton E: PH: (503) 222-4044 ext. 137


Title: 41st annual We Are All Ethnic Studies: Building Communities, Challenging Racism, Sexism & Heteronormativities in the 21st Century
Date: April 12-13, 2013
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado

The field of Ethnic Studies is at a pivotal time for institutional growth and proliferation in urban and rural settings. The barriers we face are many including the banning of curricula in Arizona, text book revisions in Texas, and impeding issues of academic/intellectual freedom and self-determination to develop the fields of knowledge. In direct response we move to mobilize under the umbrella theme for the 2013 NAES conference to grow our disciplines from research one and college settings, to k-12 schools and community settings.

Contact: PH: 970-491-3927 E:


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Scholarship Opportunity announcement
Title: College Speech Contest Awards Scholarships
Application Deadline: January 15 through February 15, 2013
Suquamish, WA [December 7, 2012] – Cut Bank Creek Press, a Native-owned publishing company, will award two $1500 college scholarships to the winners of its first speech contest titled “Speakin’ in Indian.”

Currently enrolled college students will upload 5-minute video entries to YouTube in response to one of two theses: 1) “Native people and Tribes should expend substantial resources on the preservation/restoration of Native languages and make it a top priority because…,” or alternatively, 2) “Native people and Tribes should not expend their limited resources on the preservation/restoration of Native languages and make it a top priority because…” One scholarship will be awarded for each argument – the best argument in favor of language preservation and the best argument against making language preservation a priority. Ross created the scholarship specifically to increase the amount of young Native people that feel confident speaking for themselves and for Native people. “It’s a small step. Tiny. People that can speak persuasively and passionately tend to our leaders. We are, and always have been, perfectly capable of speaking for ourselves, yet we haven’t had a formal pipeline to develop strong Native speakers and leaders. Now, of course we have some great Native leaders, but they succeeded without formal training. This scholarship is a start to creating a formal program because the leaders of today need to take the initiative to help mentor and cultivate tomorrow’s leaders.”

Application: Contest rules will be announced on January 1, 2013. Submissions will be accepted from January 15 through February 15, 2013 and will be reviewed from February 15 to April 1, 2013. Finalists will be announced the first week in April.

Contact: Michelle Waits E:

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POWWOW Announcements

For further information on any listed events, visit unless otherwise directed

January 26th Powwow

UW Winter Powwow 2013
Seattle, WA

February 16th-17th Powwow

4th Lima Honoring Our Native Heritage
Lima, OH

April 6th Powwow

29th Annual Circle of Nations Indigenous Association Powwow
University of Minnesota, Morris - Physical Education (P.E.) Center


Title: Native Women Language Keepers: Indigenous Performance Practices. An Arts-Based Research Symposium with playwright Alanis King
Date: January 29th to February 1st 2013
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Aanii! Join us for UM’s sixth arts-based research symposium, a week-long exploration of Native women’s practices as language teachers, activists, and artists. In this week, we’re workshopping a play by celebrated Native playwright Alanis King, and we will work in close connection with Miiskwaasinii’ing Nagamojig (The Swamp Singers), a Michigan-based hand-drum group, who will work with King to create a praise song for Daphne Odjig’s woodland paintings in the University of Michigan’s archives. This symposium will marry the strengths of the University of Michigan’s Anishinaabemowin language program, a thriving community of language teachers and learners, with our series of arts-based research symposia, in which we investigate ways of knowing through creative means. In this week, we want to ask questions about the place of performance and women’s work in language survivance and revitalization, about decolonizing methodologies and performance, about honoring Native women artists, and about intercultural performance practices. The core guest for the week-long symposium in January 2013 is Alanis King, an Odawa Playwright/Director originally from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, the first Aboriginal woman to graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada.

Contact for information and queries: and


Title: 2012-13 Neuroscience Boot Camp
Location: University of Pennsylvania
Date: July 29 - August 7, 2013

Through a combination of lectures, break-out groups, panel discussions and laboratory visits, Boot Camp participants will gain an understanding of the methods of neuroscience and key findings on the cognitive and social-emotional functions of the brain, lifespan development and disorders of brain function. Our Boot Camp faculty consists of leaders in the fields of cognitive and affective neuroscience, all of who are committed to the goal of educating non-neuroscientists.

For additional information, including testimonials from our Neuroscience Boot Camp alumni and instructions on how to apply, please visit our website or contact

Title: New England Science Symposium
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Location: The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School

On behalf of the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) we are asking for your help in identifying fellows/students (particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) involved in biomedical or health-related scientific research who would benefit from presenting their research projects at the twelfth annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) to be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur in Boston, Massachusetts.

Please share this information with colleagues who may have access to fellows/students who meet the criteria.

There is no registration fee for this symposium, but pre-registration is required.

To register, for more information please visit:

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