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Program receives two grants for conservation internships

by shauna — last modified January 19, 2010 03:50 PM

Recently, the UCLA/Getty Master's Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials received $201,512 in outright funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of specialized graduate internships in conservation. The education of conservators who can provide leadership for archaeological and ethnographic collections stewardship requires not only robust interdisciplinary classroom experiences, but also exceptional internships. One-third of the time spent in graduate conservation education is devoted to internships, working within a team devoted to stewardship of collections and sites. Internships are recognized for providing a critical segue from theoretical to practical work in the development of contributing professionals. 

Also, the program received $13,500 from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in support of conservation internships in Europe, to be awarded over the next two years. These awards are designed to encourage conservation students to pursue internships on excavations and in museums in Europe. 

These new awards will facilitate Conservation Program student education at UCLA. Associate Professor Ellen Pearlstein, Conservation Program faculty member, is the Principal Investigator for each of these grants.

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