College Station, TX – Jordan Pratt, a PhD candidate in anthropology with the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University, has been awarded a 2019 Graduate Research Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. This was the inaugural year for these grants, which provide up to $1500 to fund travel in support of career development opportunities such as conducting or presenting research.
Pratt’s research focuses on the stone tool technologies used by the first peoples to inhabit the northern Great Basin. She is currently leading archaeological excavations at two late ice age archaeological sites in eastern Oregon. The Graduate Research Grant supported her attendance at the 2019 American Archaeological Society meeting.
Pratt provided some feedback on the value of her membership and advice for others interested in applying for the ΦΚΦ graduate research grant.
How did you get involved with Phi Kappa Phi? What prompted you to join?
I got involved in Phi Kappa Phi during my third year of graduate school, after learning about several other graduate students who had joined. I joined after learning more about the amazing work the society does to promote and support graduate research, which is something that other honor societies I am a part of don’t do.
How did you find out about the Graduate Research Grant? What was the application like?
I learned about the Graduate Research Grant from the Phi Kappa Phi newsletter, I’ve found that they are very communicative about resources available for students. The application was very straight forward, it asked me to provide details about how the grant would directly be used, and the ways in which being awarded funds would impact my own career, as well as my larger field.
What advice would you give to future applicants?
I would advise that future applicants spend extra time thinking about the ways in which their research and the ways the grant would be used impact not only their career trajectories, but also why that matters to others both within and outside of their discipline. I believe that making these connections bolstered my application and made it more competitive.
To learn more about Phi Kappa Phi grants and awards, visit https://www.phikappaphi.org/grants-awards.
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