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January 19, 2006

SMU STUDENTS AWARDED DISSERTATION GRANTS

Three graduate students in the anthropology department at Southern Methodist University have been awarded Dissertation Improvement Grants from the National Science Foundation.

These grants provide funding for items that would otherwise not be available to students, such as conducting field research away from campus. Ryan Byerly, under the direction of Professor David Meltzer, will investigate dental enamel hypoplasia in Northern Great Plains bison from archaeological sites dating between 100 and 11,500 years ago.

In a related study, Judith Cooper, also directed by Meltzer, will analyze data gathered on Late Prehistoric bison kill-sites on the Great Plains. Professor Caroline Brettell will direct Josť Santos as he examines concepts of masculinities within the context of evangelical conversion in the city of San Miguel, El Salvador.

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