Davina Two-Bears has been awarded a $10,000.00 Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship from the Society for American Archaeology

Davina Two Bears, Doctoral Student in the IUB Anthropology Department, conducting research on the Navajo Reservation in summer, 2012

Two-Bears’ research will focus on the Old Leupp Boarding School, which represents an institution of forced assimilation for Navajo children in the early 20th century; and also a space of forced relocation and internment for Japanese American citizens during World War II.

Description of Davina Two Bears’ Research

     In the late 19th and early part of the 20th century, the United States government built Indian Boarding Schools across the country for the purposes of educating Native American children.  On the Navajo Reservation several Indian Boarding Schools were also built, since the education of Navajo children was stipulated in the Treaty of 1868. The institutions of Indian Boarding Schools on the Navajo Reservation represent colonizing spaces of forced assimilation.  Today many of the historical sites on the Navajo reservation include 20th century Indian Boarding Schools, some of which are still standing, either refurbished or condemned, as disturbed historic sites with few remaining features, and in the collective memories of Navajo people. The historic Old Leupp Boarding School site contains a rich history, which has yet to be investigated, documented, and/or published.  My dissertation research will focus on the Old Leupp Boarding School, which represents an institution of forced assimilation for Navajo children in the early 20th century; and also a space of forced relocation and internment for Japanese American citizens during World War II. My research investigates the colonizing forces of the United States Government in the institution of the Old Leupp Boarding School using Navajo oral history, archival records, and through archaeology. I am particularly interested in the experiences of the Navajo children, and how they were able to maintain their cultural identity through their boarding school education.  Similarly, I am also interested in how the Japanese experience of forced internment on the Navajo Reservation impacted their lives, and how they interacted with the Navajo people.  My goal is to fill a gap in archaeological research by Navajo archaeologists, which I hope will be used by Navajos and others for educational purposes for many years to come.

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Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship

The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.

Since 1998, the SAA has used the endowment income to award the annual Arthur C. Parker Scholarship in support of archaeological training for Native Americans who are students or employees of tribal, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs. National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians are also awarded through the Native American Scholarships Committee. In 2009, the SAA added two new awards in support of undergraduate and graduate archaeology education. Support for these scholarships comes in several ways: through individual donations, an annual silent auction at the SAA meetings, book royalties, and grants

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7th Annual: Not a Retreat But a Forward 2013

IU AGEP invites graduate students from Indianapolis and Bloomington to attend the 2013 “Not a Retreat, But a Forward”, a two part workshop. We invite students to join the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning as they present these workshops. The topics are suitable for all STEM and SBES graduate students wanting to develop and prepare their teaching statements and teaching portfolios.

Friday, 1/18/13 (teaching statements)
Friday, 1/25/13 (teaching portfolios)
2:30p – 4pm
IUB Wells Library, East Tower,
2nd Floor



SACNAS / Horizons in Chemistry Seminar & Student/Postdoc CAREER Roundtable

IU-SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) and the Chemistry Department are very excited to host our next speaker for the Horizons in Chemistry series,  Dr. Villa-Komaroff on Friday, September 7, 2012.  Dr. Villa-Komaroff, is a well-known scientist who is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at CytonomeST, a company developing optical cell detection and purification systems.  The purpose of the Horizons series is to bring to our department, for the benefit of our graduates, undergraduates, and postdocs, people who are into their post-Ph.D. careers to talk about their work experiences and to especially answer questions about “life after grad school” regarding job search strategies.

The visit will be comprised of two events – 1) a seminar presentation (open to the chemistry public) and 2) CAREER Roundtable event for students and postdocs.


During her visit Dr. Villa-Komaroff will provide a seminar entitled,The Development of a System to Enable Cell Therapies with Adult Stem Cells.”  The seminar is scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm in CH033, followed by the CAREER ROUNDTABLE.  (Please see attached seminar abstract.)


IU-SACNAS and the Department of Chemistry would like to cordially invite ALLstudents and postdocs to attend a CAREER Roundtable discussion “Life After Graduate School:  Is Academia the Only Option?” with Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff on Friday, September 7, 2012, at 3:30 pm in Room C127. (Please see attached flyer for details.)  Dr. Villa-Komaroff will participate in a career Q&A session with students and postdocs to provide them with the opportunity to inquire about career paths and processes.


You Tube video link – a very informative video about Dr. Villa-Komaroff:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4roPViXhqc

Additional details are also available at the following websites:




Upcoming Adobe Connect Chats with our Graduate Student Emissaries!

Have you decided to come to IU for graduate school, but need more information on preparing for the move? Or are you considering applying to IU, but aren’t sure what IU and Bloomington has to offer? Find out more about IU and Bloomington by chatting with our Graduate Student Emissaries! We’ll cover the following topics as they relate to ‘Life in Bloomington’:

  • Housing in Bloomington
  • Cultural Centers
  • IU  and Bloomington resources
  • Life in the lab/stacks: What is graduate student research like?
  • Balancing act: Finding the time to do it all

Join us during either session:

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:00pm-2:00pm eastern with the following emissaries:

  • Viridiana, Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Tony, Learning and Developmental Sciences

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 3:00pm-4:00pm eastern with the following emissaries:

  • Ahmed, Political Science
  • Amy, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Tony, Learning and Developmental Sciences

To participate in an on-line chat session, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to http://breeze.iu.edu/gradchat at the scheduled time.
  2. Login as a guest. Students will be able to see and hear the emissaries on their screens.
  3. Submit questions to the emissaries using the chat feature.

Hope to see you there!

Interested in learning more about student resources at IU?

Participate in a live Adobe Connect chat session with our Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity! This month’s topic is IU Resources for graduate students. Our Emissaries will be answering your questions about funding, campus services, teaching and research opportunities, and more! The first 2012 session will be held on February 20th at 3pm. The complete Spring 2012 is available on our website, http://www.indiana.edu/~gradlife/chat/.

To participate in an Adobe Connect Session, follow these instructions:

1.Go to http://breeze.iu.edu/gradchat at the scheduled time
2.Login as a guest
3.Type in your questions. You will see and hear the emissaries, but they will not see or hear you.

Hope to see you there!

IU Simon Cancer Center- Summer programs

IU Simon Cancer Center’s summer program available to underrepresented populations

Application deadline is Feb. 17, 2012; program is May 31-July 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — (December 7, 2011) — High school and college students from underrepresented populations interested in cancer research careers can gain hands-on experiences during next summer’s Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program.

The cancer center’s annual Summer Research Program, held in partnership with the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Center for Research and Learning, places students with a mentor physician or researcher for nine weeks (May 31-July 27) on the IUPUI campus. Students work with faculty who are conducting studies in the most progressive areas of cancer research.

The program’s primary goal is to increase the number of underrepresented populations engaged in basic, clinical, and prevention and control cancer research by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to those fields.

Each student receives a stipend (payment) of $3,200. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

The Summer Research Program provides students an opportunity to:

  • interact with any one of five cancer center research programs, 10 shared facilities and more than 100 world-renowned investigators
  • gain exposure to a wide-range of basic science, translational, and clinical research activities
  • continually interact with and learn from other students, clinical and post-doctoral fellows, and faculty
  • attend weekly workshops that deal with issues related to gaining admission to graduate and professional programs of study

Students are selected on interest in biomedical or behavioral science, grades, and personal interviews. High school students who participate must have completed at least their junior year and have maintained a grade point average of

at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduates in the program must have completed 24 hours of college credit, be majoring in a biomedical or behavioral science, and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.2.

Additional information and an online application is available at  www.cancer.iu.edu/srp. Questions?  Contact the IUPUI Center for Research & Learning at (317) 274-8880.

The application deadline is Feb. 17, 2012.  Those students selected as finalists will be invited to campus for an interview on March 16, 2012.

Save the Date- Not a Retreat but a Forward

Save the Date

AGEP Not a Retreat But A Forward…To Funding

January 20, 2012, 1pm – 6pm, IUPUI campus

Interactive grant writing workshop for graduate students and postdocs to learn and practice the essentials of successful proposals.  Topics include: how to seek and secure research funding, writing for the discipline and lay-person reviewer, and review and feedback of participant’s current grant proposals.

FASEB Workshop

FASEB Opens Registration for NIGMS Workshop to Prepare Postdocs for Independent Careers

Bethesda, MD - On behalf of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is organizing the 2012 Workshop for Postdocs Transitioning to Independent Positions on March 12-13, 2012 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the keynote address.


While the transition to independence is a challenge for all postdocs, young investigators who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences may have an especially difficult time finding and establishing themselves in their first independent positions. To prepare early career investigators of diverse backgrounds for this transformation, the Workshop will bring together 150 postdocs (including a small number of senior graduate students) and a distinguished group of outstanding researchers, prominent scientific administrators and nationally recognized career development experts to discuss key issues related to the cultivation of a successful career in science.

Topics to be covered will include:

  •  Career planning
  •  Job application process
  •  Funding resources
  •  Grant writing
  •  Establishing a lab
  •  Work/life balance
  •  Non-bench careers

The Workshop is intended for postdocs, however senior graduate students (within one year of completion of Ph.D. study) will also be considered, space permitting.

To download the Workshop application, please go to http://nigmsworkshop.org. Participants will be required to pay a $25 registration fee upon selection, however all eligible applicants (those not receiving federal funding and other criteria) who are selected to participate will receive travel awards (maximum $1,250). The deadline for registration is November 30, 2011.

For more information regarding meeting logistics, contact Meeting Assistant Danielle King, dking@faseb.org.

FASEB is composed of 24 societies with more than 100,000 members, making it the largest coalition of  biomedical research associations in the United States. FASEB enhances the ability of scientists and engineers to improve—through their research—the health, well-being and productivity of all people. Our mission is to  advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.