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Summer Travel Grant

The Department of Classical Studies offers the Gertrude Howland Summer Grant to support the participation of outstanding Classics and Archaeology students in non-credit experiential learning programs exploring the ancient cultures represented in the Ancient World Gallery (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and neighboring cultures). Eligible programs include the summer seminars of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the American Academy in Rome, and archaeological field schools throughout the Mediterranean region, but other programs may be eligible, as well (please see Dr. Baughan or Dr. Laskaris if you have a question about a program’s eligibility). In the academic year following the summer grant, recipients must contribute to our knowledge of the Gallery collection by connecting their experience directly with the material in it.  This could be done by giving a public lecture, producing a video report for display on the Gallery’s monitor, and/or writing a publication for the Gallery website.

Grant funds will generally be used to defray the direct costs of participation in the program (such as registration fees, or room and board), not for travel expenses (though students may be eligible to apply for Weinstein Summer Grants to cover airfare), and will be paid directly to the sponsoring organization. The award amount will be based upon the student’s projected expenses and need as well as available grant funding. Priority will be given to students majoring in Classics (Greek, Latin, or Classical Civilization) or minoring in Archaeology.

This departmental grant program is made possible by the benefaction of Gertrude Murrell duPont Howland, Westhampton College ’31. Mrs. Howland was a longtime supporter of archaeology and lover of travel who was passionate about providing cultural experiences for University of Richmond students and supporting the Ancient World Gallery.

Past Recipients

Rachel Starry, ’11

Classical Summer School, American Academy in Rome, Italy (2010)

Colby Ferguson, ’11

Classical Summer School, American Academy in Rome, Italy (2011)

Janelle Sadarananda, ’13

Centro di Conservazione Archaeologica, Sabino, Italy (2012)

Scheherazade Khan, '13
Classical Summer School, American Academy in Rome, Italy (2013)

Veronica Shreve, ’14
Jordan Summer Study Abroad Program, Irbid, Jordan (2012)

Adriana Salmeron, ’19
ArchaeoTek Geophysics (GPR) Exploration and Roman Villa Excavation, Romania (2019)

Maddie Philips, ’19
Aditu Field School in Mortuary Archaeology and Osteology, Spain (2018)

Tess Monks, ’20
University College Cork Greek Summer School, Ireland (2018)

Janis Lee, ’21
University College Cork Latin Summer School, Ireland (2018)


Applications for the Gertrude Howland Summer Grant are available in January and due in February. For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Baughan.

Other sources of support include summer research fellowships and travel grants offered through the university's School of Arts & Sciences.

2010 Gallery Fellow

Rachel Starry, ’11
American Academy in Rome:
Classical Summer School