Anthropological research is conducted through the Office of Anthropological Research and the Center for Archaeology, Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS). The department has close ties with the Idaho Museum of Natural History oncampus. We have prominent interdisciplinary connections with the departments of Biological Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geosciences, History, and the Kasiska College of Health Professions.
Several laboratory facilities are maintained by the Anthropology Department. These include the Donald E. Crabtree Laboratory for Archaeological Science, the joint Anthropology and Biological Sciences Ancient DNA Extraction Laboratory, the Archaeometallurgy and Bioanthropology Research Laboratory, as well as dedicated bioanthropology and archaeology classrooms with student bench and research space, and wet chemistry capability.
Research opportunities in all areas of interest to our faculty are regularly provided to anthropology undergrads and graduate students. We award two Teaching Assistantships, one in Anthropology and one in American Indian Studies each year. Research Assistantships have been regularly provided to graduate students for some faculty research activities. Check with us on the projected availability. Lectureships are available to advanced graduate students, and opportunities to assist professors in teaching while receiving university credits are available to a wide variety of undergrads and grads. Students interested in biomedical and medical anthropology are eligible to apply for Kasiska scholarships that are awarded regularly to anthropology students.
Anthropologists from ISU are involved in primary research and applications of anthropological method and theory in a wide variety of geographic settings that range from the Aleutian Islands to South America and the Eurasian Steppes to Easter Island, as well as long-standing research programs in Idaho and the Great Basin. Our diverse academic and applied research programs address issues such as language survival, indigenous land tenure in tropical forest areas, the effects of catastrophic environmental change on society, the ability to predict indigenous archaeological site densities in the Great Basin, Hispanic Healthcare and stone tool technology. During most years we offer multiple opportunities for archaeological field school and anthropological laboratory research.