Larry Halsey Archaeology Conference Award

The purpose of the Larry Halsey Archaeology Conference Award is to provide funding support for undergraduate students focused in archaeology to attend their first archaeology conference. Funds, up to $50 per applicant, are awarded to cover all or a portion of the conference registration fee.

Applicants are not required to be presenting a paper or poster. The purpose is for students to gain exposure and experience as a first-time attendee at an archaeology conference. The Award cannot be used to cover annual membership dues, banquet, food expenses, travel, extracurricular activities, or conference training fees.

The Award is based on the following:

  1. The student must be a current undergraduate student at an Arkansas university or college.
  2. Students must not have previously attended an archaeology conference. This Award supports first-time attendees.
  3. The archaeology conference can be local, regional, or national in scope.
  4. Students may apply for the award beginning July 1. Awards will be made available until funds expire each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
  5. Conferences with registration fees greater than $50 are acceptable. In this instance, the award will cover up to $50 of the conference registration fee.
  6. Funds are paid as reimbursement after the student has attended the conference.

The Larry Halsey Archaeology Conference Award is managed by the Jamie C. Brandon Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Central Arkansas. Awards are administered through the Center and facilitated by the Center Director.

To apply, submit a short statement of intent and explanation of why the applicant is interested in becoming an archaeologist, a copy of conference registration fee, and a statement of support from a university faculty demonstrating current student status. Submit these items to Center Director, Dr. Duncan P. McKinnon at

After attending the conference, awarded students will submit evidence of their attendance and conference registration receipt to the Director of the Center. At that time, funds will be made available to the student.

Larry Halsey was a supporter of archaeological research, the sharing of archaeological information, and the encouragement of young scholars in the field of archaeology. This award is established to recognize and honor the efforts of Mr. Halsey after his untimely passing in January 2021.