UIC & Field Museum Collaboration

  • >20 The number of years that UIC and the Field Museum have enjoyed an academic partnership offering MA and PhD degrees in Anthropology.

  • 5+ More than five specialty labs are available for students to use for research including the Elemental Analysis Facility which includes an Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) laboratory, an X-ray Fluorescence laboratory, and an optical mineralogy laboratory.

Field Museum

For more than 20 years, UIC and the anthropologists at the Field Museum have enjoyed a unique academic partnership to offer advanced degrees in Anthropology. The combined resources of these two major research institutions offer a wide range of laboratories, artifact collections, fieldwork opportunities, and faculty dedicated to mentoring students in all areas of anthropological study.

Socio-cultural students will find interest in accessing special collections and working with the cultural curators. Biological anthropology students will find having access to the large specimen library and the curators at the Field to be helpful, especially those interested in ancient and modern DNA. The Field Museum relationship is, however, most widely used by archaeology students. The collaborative UIC-Field Museum program has established one of the largest concentrations of anthropological archaeologists in the country, with nearly complete world coverage. Students working with Field Museum mentors also have access to the Elemental Analysis Facility which includes an Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) laboratory, an X-ray Fluorescence laboratory, and an optical mineralogy laboratory.

Most importantly, all of our anthropology graduate students, and invited undergraduates, are invited to seek out mentorship with faculty at the Field Museum and within the department without an additional application. This relationship provides access to the vast resources at both UIC and within the Field Museum, setting the UIC anthropology program apart from the rest.