Kate Burkhart Scholar Endowment Fund
This scholarship, given in honor of Kate Burkhart Daniel and in recognition of her interests in archaeology, is open to all applicants with the following qualifications, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status: 1) Shall have been accepted into or currently enrolled as an undergraduate at SIU Carbondale. 2) Shall be majoring in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. Applications are reviewed by a committee of all Archaeology Faculty in the Department. This scholarship was first awarded in 2008. Starting in 2012, we have been able to award at least two Burkhart scholarships each year, thanks to the exceptional generosity of the late Kate Burkhart Daniel and her husband, Joseph Daniel.
Lauren Austin has been interested in Archaeology for as long as she can remember. Austin is one of three Burkhart Scholar's for 2014-15. “I honestly feel so lucky to be here at SIU. My experience in the department has been so positive.” She has worked at the Center for Archaeological Investigations since Fall 2013, where she has gained applied experience in lithic and artifact analysis, data collection, and curation. Her minor is in history, which has contributed to a greater love for historic archaeology in the United States. After graduation in December 2015, she plans to enter graduate school here at SIU to further her anthropological education.
Jessica Bromund, from Plainfield, IL was one of three that was awarded the Burkhart Archaeology Scholarship for 2014-15. When she was very young her grandparents introduced her to the 1944 movie, The Mummy’s Curse, starring Lon Chaney Jr. and she instantly became fascinated with Ancient Egypt. From there she read books and watched documentaries on Ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Once she began attending community college and took her first anthropology class she was hooked. Jessica’s passion only grew as she took more classes, and then was affirmed when she attended the Czech American Bioarchaeological and Archaeological Field School in Breclav-Pohankso in the summer of 2014. After SIUC she plans to pursue a PhD in Classical Archaeology.
Angela D'Ambrosio, from Waukegan IL, is a junior majoring in anthropology is one of three Burkhart Scholar's for 2014-15. Having originally become interested in archaeology via studying the history of ancient Egypt, she has since become engrossed in the study of medieval Europe and pursuing gender issues and the roles of women in past societies. Intent on developing a working understanding of archaeological field technique, she intends to participate in the field school at Kinkaid Mounds, IL, during the summer of 2015.
Dale states that he was attracted to archaeology because of the "questions asked . . . and the critical thinking required to approach the answers [which are] both challenging and refreshing.” Dale is committed to the conservation of our heritage and culture, and he is particularly fascinated by the integration and application of scientific methods and concepts to resolve archaeological puzzles. He believes "[k]nowledge of humanity's past is a crucial part of proceeding wisely into the future."
Rosemary D. Bolin, from Sauk Village, IL, is the fourth Burkhart Scholar, one of two for 2012-13. Rosemary is majoring in both anthropology and animal science with a specialization in pre-veterinary medicine. She is interested in zooarchaeology and has been working in the Center for Archaeological Investigations analyzing prehistoric and historic artifacts.
Rosemary says archaeology has interested her since grade school and she was “hooked” on the subject after learning about the archaeology of Egypt in a history class. Rosemary was able to attend our department's Summer 2012 Archaeological Field School at Kincaid Mounds, IL, thanks to the scholarship.
Seth M. Russell was our third Burkhart Scholar, 2010-2011. Seth is from Carterville, IL, and is a member of the Tohono O’odham Tribe. He has a deep interest in the lifeways of his own peoples, as well as those of all ancient inhabitants of America.
Seth also has a great interest in ancient religion, the organization and structure of complex societies, and semiology and the variety with which symbols occur. He is exploring cultural memetics as applied to both material and non-material culture, and Seth is working with Dr. Izumi Shimada on archaeometry. Seth hopes to pursue a career in archaeology.
Nina Fuscaldo hails from Lockport, IL, and was the second Burkhart Scholar, awarded in 2009-10.
Nina attended the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Archaeology Field School at Kincaid Mounds, Illinois in the summer of 2007 (Pictured on site at the Kincaid Field School, left).
Nina will be completing her undergraduate studies in anthropology this year, and she is enthusiastic about and dedicated to the field of archaeology.
Sada C. Stearns was the first Burkhart Scholar, 2008-9. She used part of her scholarship to support working on Dr. Balkansky’s SIU Carbondale Tayata Archaeology Project in Oaxaca, Mexico (see picture) and part to work on an archaeological project in Japan. While in Mexico, Sada studied pottery that is 3000 years old, using an innovative method she helped develop with Dr. Croissier to reconstruct ancient production technology.
Sada is now a co-author of a paper with Drs. Balkansky and Croissier documenting this study, called “Multicrafting in Prehispanic Oaxaca,” that appeared in a volume on craft production. Sada is shown in the photo washing ancient pottery in the Mexican field lab. Typically, she has a book opened in front of her.