Geoarchaeology Interest Group M.A./M.S. Research Award
Current Committee Charge: The committee solicits proposals and selects recipients for the Geoarchaeology Interest Group M.A./M.S. Research Award. The award is presented in support of thesis research with emphasis on the field and/or laboratory parts of this research for graduate students at the Master’s level in the earth sciences and archaeology.
Committee Composition: Committee composition is one chair and four members (This committee also solicits proposals and selects recipients for the Douglas C. Kellogg Fund for Geoarchaeological Research).
Term Length: Term length is three years.
Award Cycle: Not applicable.
Committee Chair and End of Term: Sarah Sherwood 
*Committee Chair Contact Information: Sarah C. Sherwood, Environmental Studies, 735 University Ave, University of the South, Sewanee, TN 37383, tel: 931-598-3396, e-mail: email@example.com
Committee Members and Ends of Terms: Vickie Clay , Metin I. Eren , Thomas Fenn , Bruce Huckell 
Board Liaison: Suzanne K. Fish
*Award Description: The Geoarchaeology Interest Group M.A./M.S. Research Award provides support for thesis research, with emphasis on the field and/or laboratory aspects, for graduate students in the earth sciences and archaeology.
*Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award: Recipients of the Geoarchaeology Interest Group M.A./M.S. Research Award will be students who are (1) actively pursuing the M.A. or M.S. degree in earth sciences or archaeology (please indicate which on application); and (2) applying earth science methods to archaeological research.
*Nomination/Submission Materials Required: The application should consist of a research proposal no more than three pages long that describes the research and its potential contributions to American archaeology, a curriculum vita, and two letters of support, including one from the committee chair that certifies that the student is conducting the proposed research along with the expected date of completion of the degree. Electronic submissions as pdfs sent to the committee chair are preferred. File names must include the applicants surname or last name and the award you are applying for must be clearly indicated in the proposal.
*Nomination/Submission Deadline: November 29, 2013
Other Special Requirements: None
Selection or Evaluation Criteria: The committee reads the proposals and selects the best one based on relative merit. Important questions for evaluation include the following: Does the proposal seek to do interesting and novel research? Are the methods and theory sound and applicable? Is it well written and coherent? Can what the proposal seeks to do be accomplished in the stated time?
Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue): After each committee member reads and evaluates each application, the committee meets and votes electronically. A simple majority is sufficient; if there is a deadlock the chair provides the tie-breaking vote.
Nature of Award (e.g. monetary, medal, symposium): The awardee receives $500. As the fund grows, the award amount may increase as the annual interest increases. In addition, the awardee is recognized by the SAA through a plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The SAA Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website.
The first Geoarchaeology Interest Group M.A./M.S. Research Award will be presented in 2014.