Research Grants and Awards

Research Grants

The Archaeological Research Grant Committee, which is composed of the current members of the Board of Directors, is tasked with reviewing proposals and awarding small grants to full and associate members of KyOPA. Grants can be awarded for radiocarbon dates and other analytical procedures that may expand our knowledge of Kentucky archaeology. The amount and numbers of grants awarded are based on the funds available, the merit of each application, and the number of applications.

KyOPA will accept research proposals for the purpose of obtaining radiocarbon dates or other analytical techniques that require contract services with a private laboratory or research institution. Other analytical services, for example, could include thermoluminescence dating, thin-sectioning, scanning electron microscopy, and trace element analysis. Submission of proposals is open-ended and awards will be made up to $500 on an annual basis. Proposals should concisely describe the research question, and a cost estimate on the analytical procedure. The KyOPA research grant program is intended for students and others conducting independent research that contributes to a theses, dissertation, or other publishable manuscripts.

Submit proposals to David Breetzke (AMEC Environmental and Infrastructure, 4460 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45242; (513)588-1401; david.breetzke@amec.com) for review by the KyOPA Board of Directors. It is highly recommended that you contact David Breetzke prior to submitting a full proposal to discuss the suitability of the proposed research to the KyOPA grant program.


The KyOPA Awards Program was established in 2004 to recognize the achievements of individuals in Kentucky archaeology. The awards are not necessarily intended to be annual awards but rather to recognize significant contributions as necessary. Nomination forms must be submitted by January 1 for consideration of achievements in the previous calendar year. Nominations are evaluated by the KyOPA Board of Directors. Awards are presented at the annual KyOPA business meeting in the spring.

KyOPA Awards Nomination Form

Send completed form to:
Alexandra Bybee
Cultural Resource Analysts
151 Walton Ave.
Lexington, KY 40508-2364
WK: (859)252-4737
bybee@crai-ky.com


Awards

 Lifetime Achievement Award in Professional Archaeology

This award recognized the lifetime achievements of a professional archaeologist from academia or cultural resource management. The nominee will have made significant contributions to the understanding of Kentucky history and/or prehistory through archaeology. Selection criteria are:

  1. Length of professional activity;
  2. Nature of professional accomplishments;
  3. Significance of professional accomplishments, and;
  4. Impact on Kentucky archaeology.

Lifetime Achievement Award in Avocational Archaeology

This award recognized the lifetime achievement of an avocational archaeologist. The nominee will have made significant contributions to the understanding of Kentucky history and/or prehistory through archaeology. Selection criteria are:

  1. Length of avocational activity;
  2. Nature of avocational accomplishments;
  3. Significance of avocational accomplishments, and;
  4. Impact on Kentucky archaeology.

Lifetime Achievement Award in Historic Preservation or Public Archaeology

This award recognizes the lifetime achievement of a professional archaeologist, an avocational archaeologist, or a citizen. The nominee will have made significant contributions to the preservation of cultural resources in the Commonwealth and/or to public understanding of Kentucky history and/or prehistory through archaeology. Selection criteria are:

  1. Length of service in historic preservation or public archaeology;
  2. Nature of accomplishments in historic preservation or public archaeology;
  3. Significance of accomplishments in historic preservation or public archaeology, and;
  4. Impact on Kentucky archaeology.

Special Achievement Award in Archaeology

This award recognizes the special achievement of a professional archaeologist, an avocational archaeologist, or a citizen over the previous calendar year. Through the special achievement, the nominee will have made a significant contribution to the understanding of Kentucky history and/or prehistory through archaeology, the preservation of cultural resources in the Commonwealth, public understanding of Kentucky history and/or prehistory through archaeology, or another area related to archaeology. Selection criteria are:

  1. Nature of special accomplishment;
  2. Significance of special accomplishment;
  3. Use of innovative approaches, and;
  4. Impact on Kentucky archaeology.

Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation on Kentucky Archaeology

This award recognizes the outstanding thesis or dissertation related to some topic on Kentucky archaeology. The thesis of dissertation will have been completed over the previous calendar year but need not have been authored by a student at a Kentucky university. Selection criteria are:

  1. Nature of thesis/dissertation;
  2. Significance of thesis/dissertation, and;
  3. Impact on Kentucky archaeology.