Research & Travel Opportunities

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Research & Travel Opportunities

UNC in Israel Archaeological Excavation – Summer

Application deadline for Summer 2018: February 14, 2018

This field school program, directed by Professor Jodi Magness of UNC-CH, provides students with the opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation while learning about ancient and modern Israel.

Huqoq (modern Arabic name: Yaquq) is a small ancient village located 1.5 miles to the northwest of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 6:75 as part of the inheritance of the tribe of Asher: “Huqoq, with its pasture lands….” Later rabbinic sources (third to fourth centuries A.D.) refer to the gathering and processing of the mustard plant at Huqoq, reflecting the village’s agrarian base. Huqoq flourished especially in the Late Roman and Byzantine periods (fifth and sixth centuries).

This four week summer field school program will provide participating students with 6 hours of UNC academic credit for the following course: CLAR 650: Field School in Classical Archaeology. The ruins of Huqoq are spread over an area of approximately 25 dunams (= 6 acres). The village lies in the center of the region that was the focus of Jesus’ ministry. Capernaum, the home of the adult Jesus, is 3.2 miles to the east, and the town of Migdal, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, is 2.8 miles to the south. An ancient synagogue building, the remains of which are still visible in the midst of the ruins of Huqoq, will be the focus of the Huqoq Excavation Project (HEP).

For more information on the program, including application procedures, please see the UNC Study Abroad website. You can also contact Professor Magness directly with questions, or visit the Huqoq Excavation Project website.

Other Study Abroad Opportunities

For students interested in other study abroad possibilities, the following members of our faculty are available to advise on such matters (please contact each faculty member individually):

Barbara Ambros (Asia)
Brandon Bayne (Latin America)
Jessica Boon (Europe)
Harshita Kamath (Asia)
Lauren Leve (Asia)
Evyatar Marienberg (Europe)
Zlatko Plese (Europe)
Brendan Thornton (Caribbean)

You can also see the UNC Study Abroad website.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is designed to enhance the educational experience of undergraduates by engaging them in research opportunities. Students can receive awards in the amount of $3,000 to support a research project over 9 weeks in the summer. SURF applications require a faculty research advisor, and faculty in the Department of Religious Studies regularly serve in this role. We encourage you to contact faculty members as soon as possible if you are interested in exploring this opportunity.

More information about SURF is available at this link.

Honors Undergraduate Research Awards

Deadline: Varies, usually sometime in March

The Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence provides these competitive awards to support a limited number of students in the writing of a senior honors thesis. Funds from these awards may be used for expenses directly connected to undertaking the senior thesis project. Individual awards generally do not exceed $500, though projects with an international dimension may qualify for a supplemental award of up to $500 from the Center for Global Initiatives. Any equipment or non-expended supplies purchased through the award become the property of the Department at the conclusion of the project.

Applications and further information about the award are available from the Johnston Center. Applications are submitted through the Department’s honors advisor.