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  1. kamay

    NSF GRFP 2008

    Thanks for the info. I had a different link for the reviews for last year. How many rating sheets did everyone have? I only had two this time! Anyone know why that would be?
  2. kamay

    NSF GRFP 2008

    Has the old login and site worked for anyone else? When I link to the old site contained in my email from last year it won't even open the site.
  3. kamay

    NSF GRFP 2008

    So was there a list of HM posted on this forum that was taken down or something? I saw people saying they got HM. Is it available on your fastlane account?
  4. kamay

    NSF GRFP 2008

    Where are people getting the honorable mention list? I was HM last year and this is the last year I can apply. Unfortunately, right after I applied, I found out I have two publications in review/in press. Bah... You can be at the top of your field without one, yes? Someone please agree with me!
  5. 2 questions: 1. What do the percentiles really mean? I got HM but was only 70-79th percentile. 2. The language from the NSF is ambiguous and I've heard conflicting opinions on this, but can one apply again during their second year of grad school? Congratulations to everyone who was offered the award or received HM. Those who did not, remember that it's all totally random and it seems that the reviewers don't even read that thoroughly. (And a complaint: I had two reviewers cross out a higher rating and make it lower. They should use white out or something. It just pains one to see what the gut reaction was.)
  6. kamay


    Basically, the statistics are not good... I think, though, that if you want to work in the US you're better off doing an anthro program with an archaeology focus. That way, you are able to teach more interdisciplinary courses and more likely to find a faculty placement.
  7. kamay


    If you want a good balance of art history and archaeology, you should look into the UT Austin programs. They have David Stuart for the Maya and Steve Bourget for Moche. Harvard has Gary Urton in Andean archaeology and ethnohistory, Jeffrey Quilter in Andean and Intermediate Area archaeology, Tom Cummins in Andean Art History and they're also connected to Dumbarton Oaks with excellent collections in all the Americas and fellowship opportunities (and then of course the Peabody Museum) Wisconsin-Madison has 3 great Americanists in anthropology for cultural and archaeology -- Frank Salomon in the Andes, Neil Whitehead in the Amazon, and Jason Yaeger in the Maya Area and Andes (and they have an intersectional track where you can integrate disciplines). WUSTL has David Freidel studies the emergence and fluorescence of government institutions among the lowland Maya of southeastern Mexico and Central America. Tristram Kidder applies archeolgy and geology to the study of how human ppulations have adapted to climate change. He explores these issues in the Eastern United States, in Central Asia, and in China with graduate students. James Wertsch studies national narratives and memory, collective memory and identity in the United States, Estonia, and Russia. SMU has David Freidel for Maya archaeology, Alan Covey for Inka archaeology (who is the up and coming Andeanist), David Wilson for Andean archaeology, and Adam Herring for Mesoamerican art history. Yale is also worthwhile with Richard Burger for Early Horizon Andes, Mary Miller in Meso art history. There certainly are not a great deal of programs to choose from, but those that are out there are very strong. If you're more scientific, you can look at places like Stanford with John Rick. Feel free to message me, Guest, if you're interested in discussing. I am integrating art history and archaeology in my program next year.
  8. kamay


    which cultures are you interested in?
  9. kamay


    very seriously. having trouble imagining myself in a city where my snot freezes. haven't been to visit, though i wish i had the funds to do so.
  10. kamay

    Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

    And it's POSSIBLE to get by without a car. I know a few people who do it by living close enough to walk to work/take a direct route on DART (you can see your options at dart.org and go to "DART Trip Planner") and have a grocery store in the neighborhood. DART is safe and affordable, but I don't know anything about the UT Southwestern area.
  11. kamay

    Atlanta, GA

    As a grad student at Emory, the best way to live without a car is to take the slightly expensive graduate housing at Clairmont Campus. Living there is like being at a resort year-round, with the only drawback being about once a semester when the Clairmont Resident Council has a concert on the field in the middle of the campus. There are 2 pools, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor basketball, and beack volleyball, as well as a huge fitness center with computer labs and classrooms and a cafe. The campus lies on the other side of Lullwater Park, where the President's mansion is located, along with running trails and a small lake. It's beautiful like the rest of Emory, with a 10ish minute shuttle ride to main campus. It's within walking distance of a grocery store, natural food store, Blockbuster, UPS store, bookstore, YMCA, storage center, some of my favorite restaurants. You can also get to Target with about a 5 dollar cab ride. Do not rely on MARTA -- schedules are inconsisent and it's expensive. Plus MARTA is in serious financial trouble right now so no telling what is in its future. Living without a car at Clairmont is definitely feasible! And while the prices seem very high, when you factor in the 400 dollar per year parking fee when living off campus plus utilities and high speed internet and the free food you can get at Clairmont, you're getting a decent deal. I also know people who lived at Gables Montclair without a car, which is sort of next to Clairmont Campus, but you don't get the same amenities or the easy shuttle access.
  12. do they take federal taxes out of your assistantship? What about Medicare and Social Security? What's it like at the end of the year when you file with the IRS? Do you get most of it back since you're making so little anyway?
  13. kamay


    So someone put on the survey that they received an email from H for cultural anthro on February 23. I thought they only notified via mail? Does anyone know anything about when those are coming? I'm getting pressure for other schools to have answers.
  14. I am trying out a new track for studying the same subject I did as an undergrad. By changing fields, I hope to better understand some of the issues I came across before.
  15. kamay


    i was also admitted at madison and am waiting to hear on funding. who would you be working with there?
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