Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarship
The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies at SUNY-Albany is pleased to present
the Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarship in Mesoamerican Studies. Every year, the award is given to one or more graduate
or undergraduate students to conduct research on Mesoamerica. Preference is given to
IMS student associates.
The scholarship was established to honor the memory of Christopher DeCormier,
a SUNY-Albany student with strong interests in Maya culture and fieldwork. Proposed
projects may be in any subfield of anthropology, but should focus on interpreting
some aspect of ancient or modern Mesoamerican culture or society. Fieldwork
should not be an end in itself but should contribute to an understanding of
some feature of Mesoamerican culture or thought.
To learn more about Christopher DeCormier and the Memorial Scholarship, click here.
For a list of DeCormier Scholarship recipients from 1979 to the present day, click here.
To apply for a DeCormier Schoalrship, click here.
Applications for Spring 2015 are now closed. Join us in celebrating the 2015 winner, Jeff Bryant, Tuesday, May 12 at 2:30pm in the Alumni House.
Making a donation to the Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarhsip: A Letter from Robert M. Carmack
Dear Friends of Christopher DeCormier:
I would like to introduce myself to you as the original Director of the Institute
for Mesoamerican Studies, and now a regular board member of that institute.
It was under my direction that Chris originally spent a year abroad among the
Quiche-Mayas of Guatemala in order to learn their language and become familiar
with their culture. Chris was a wonderful student and person. He was bright,
hard-working, caring of others, dedicated, and energetic. It was a joy to work
with him, and to watch him grow as a scholar. He undoubtedly would have become
one of the leading Mayan linguists in the U.S., had not cancer cut short his
highly productive life. The scholarship which his family initiated and supported
has always seemed to me to be the perfect memorial to Chris. It has supported
many young people like Chris to do what he was not able to do: to complete their
studies and go on to live productive, humanitarian lives.
IMS is proud of the fact that all the scholarship funds go exclusively to support
student research in Mexico and Central America (Mesoamerica), and none for administration
or any other purpose. Further, each round of competition has attracted several
capable young scholars, and, thus, without fail the awards have gone to deserving
candidates. We make a commitment to you that we will continue to administer
the scholarship in the interest of young scholars and in a fair and just manner.
At current funding levels most students must later find additional resources
to return to the field and gather needed information. We are trying to increase
the overall fund in order to provide student scholars with sufficient finances
to maintain themselves for at least one year in the field. Funding at this level
would make it possible for most students to gather enough information upon which
to base a doctoral dissertation. We ask you, therefore, to be generous in your
We are pleased to be partners with you in this very human endeavor to keep Chris
DeCormier's spirit alive.
Robert M. Carmack, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
To offer a donation, please send a check, payable
to the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, to:
The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies
Department of Anthropology
Arts and Sciences 233
The University at Albany
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222