2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Archaeological and Museum Conservation Science, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

Posted on Dec 14, 2015

Alicia-Hoffman-MCI-935x1024The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in conjunction with the NSF REU Sites Program is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group, contingent on continued funding.  The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums, collections, and research centers.  MCI combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research and characterization of objects.

Supported by NSF REU Sites Program. MCI is accepting applications for 2016, contingent on continued funding. Application deadline is February 25, 2016

Internships will take place during the summer.  Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a university program or scheduled to matriculate in the fall term following the internship. Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to:  museum studies, art history, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, earth science, chemical engineering, and materials science engineering.  Basic chemistry and mathematical coursework is preferred; laboratory experience is not required.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  A stipend will be offered for a period of 10 weeks starting in late May or early June, 2016

Projects will be supervised by one of the following staff members in their specific project area.  Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential advisers in advance of application.  Students are also welcomed to propose projects of their choosing contingent upon agreement of a staff member to advise the project.

Janet Douglas
Head of Technical Studies
Materials, technology, and provenance studies of museum collections; technical and mineralogical studies of jades characterization of artist’s painting materials and their degradation

Christine France
Research Physical Scientist
Analyses of human and animal remains using stable isotope mass spectrometry to determine diet, provenance, demographics, and state of diagenetic alteration

Gwenaelle Kavich
Physical Scientist
Materials, technology, and provenance studies of museum collections; characterization of artist’s painting materials and their degradation

Nicole Little
Physical Scientist
Environmental studies of heavy metals using time of flight inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy to determine provenance, diet, and demographics; materials, technology, and provenance studies of museum collections

Odile Madden
Research Scientist
Analytical study of natural and synthetic polymeric
materials in cultural heritage (including plastics) using Raman, FTIR, and/or XRF spectroscopies, visible light and scanning electron microscopy, and other techniques; analysis of bone and tooth diagenesis in natural settings and collections

E. Keats Webb
Digital Imaging Specialist
Advanced imaging of heritage objects using 2D- and 3D-imaging techniques as well as optical imaging beyond the range of human vision

Edward Vicenzi
Research Scientist
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Spectroscopic imaging of natural and manufactured materials; mineralogical studies of jades; materials, technology, and provenance studies of museum collections

Applications must be made on line at https://solaa.si.edu
Selected candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are welcome.  Notifications will be sent by April 15, 2016.