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April 16, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Two Southern Methodist University anthropology doctoral students, Michelle Rich and Catrina Whitely, have received three-year research fellowships from the National Science Foundation to study anthropology. The NSF fellowships will carry a stipend of $21,500 per year and cover the full tuition cost at SMU.

Rich is a native of Minneapolis, Minn., where she graduated from the University of Minnesota. She started graduate school at SMU in the fall of 2000 and is currently working on her Ph.D. in archaeology under the direction of David Freidel, focusing on Mayan culture. She also has received a $1,000 travel grant from the NSF, which will be used for her dissertation work in Guatemala.

Whitely is from Arlington, Texas, and received the Departmental Distinction Award for Anthropology in 2000. She also is currently working on her Ph.D. in archaeology under the direction of Michael Adler, focusing on human skeletal remains and burial practices in the Southwest.

NSF Graduate Fellowships provide three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education. This year there were more than 6,000 applicants for the 900 fellowships. SMU's Department of Anthropology currently has three students who have received these fellowships.