Information for prospective graduate students
The Student Affiliate Program was created to enhance student engagement with the resources in the lab and build a community interested in digital research.
Students from any discipline are welcome to become affiliates provided they work on projects that combine archaeology or anthropology and computing. For example, some potential project areas are: building models or writing scripts in Python, GIS analysis and cartography, statistical analyses in R, image processing, software/app development, or hardware design. This list is not intended to be exhaustive and we are always open to considering new avenues.
Current DigAR Lab (Denny 457) resources:
- 16 state-of-the-art Dell PCs running Windows 10 with 32" 4K monitors
- Specialty software installed on all machines: ArcGIS 10.x suite, Python (with Anaconda manager), R (with RStudio), Adobe CS5, Adobe Acrobat Pro 9, Google Earth Pro, Notepad++, OpenShot Video Editor
- Additional software can be installed with approval
- Two walls of whiteboard space
Benefits for student affiliates:
- 24/7 access to DigAR Lab hardware, software, and workspace
- Possibility of installing specific software that meets the needs of your projects (within limits, of course)
- Participate in a cross-disciplinary community of students
- Get feedback on your work from peers
Expectations of student affiliates:
- Attend affiliate meetings a few times per quarter
- Present your work to the rest of the group at least once per quarter in an informal, friendly setting
- Provide a summary of your work for the DigAR Lab webpage
- Use of the lab should be primarily for research projects. It is a specialized lab and is not meant to be used for tasks unrelated to your project(s).
- Follow all posted rules and guidelines for the use of the lab
Undergraduate research opportunities
The DigAR Lab is always open to working with undergraduate students who would like to pursue projects in digital archaeology. The types of projects available vary widely depending on the student's technical skills/experience and/or their willingness to build these skills.
Undergraduate projects can be done as a volunteer or for credit (ARCHY 299 or 499). Because the process of building skills takes time, interested students should be willing to commit to multiple quarters. Contact the lab (digarlab[at]uw.edu) if you are interested in getting involved.