Research is an integral and vital activity of the School, which is home to a diverse community of anthropologists who study all aspects of human life, from our hominid origins millions of years ago to the vast diversity of populations living in the world today. Our anthropologists ask questions about all components of the human experience, and seek to describe and interpret human behavior and culture, language, biology, and the environment at many levels of organization—from molecules to ecosystems. The quest for new insight and understanding of people drives the School's research.
The School has been recognized by many national and international honors, including Fulbright Awards, Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur Fellowships, Hunt Fellowships, and federal grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Many graduate students receive funding for their research and doctoral dissertations. The knowledge gained through such research can be used to address practical social problems and guide policy makers, creating new knowledge, and ultimately making the world a better place.
In 2002 the National Science Foundation awarded the University of Arizona a grant of $2.9 million from its Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program for a five-year interdisciplinary training program in Archaeological Sciences. Some 30 faculty from Anthropology, Geosciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Geography, the AMS Radiocarbon Laboboratory, the Laboratory for Tree Ring Reseach, and the Arizona State Museum colalborated to mentor students, who were funded for up to two years. A list of the students who completed PhDs, with the tittles of their dissertations, names of major advisors, and their current employment, can be found here.
Since the School's faculty and graduate students' research is exceptionally dynamic, the following links are available to find the most up-to-date information about the School's research activities:
- News, information about recently awarded grants;
- Faculty Directory, information about faculty interests and fields of study;
- Graduate Students, informaion about student interests and fields of study;
- Field Schools, information about previous and upcoming archaeological field schools;
- Concentrations, information about cross-cutting research and educational opportunities; and
- Divisions, information about how the school is organized.