Institute for Mesoamerican Studies

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The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies (IMS) is a non-profit educational research institute dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge concerning the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America). IMS serves to organize and coordinate the work of the Mesoamericanist faculty at the State University of New York at Albany. We have the largest number of full-time Mesoamericanists of any institution north of Mexico, and our members are among the most active and prominent scholars in the field of Mesoamerican anthropology. The primary activities of IMS are research and publication. Read more about our history and how to contact us on our About Us page.



2020 IMS Award Competition Now Open:

The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies is pleased to announce our 2020 awards competition. As in past years, essay awards include the David Scotchmer Essay Award for graduate students and the Undergraduate Essay Award . Research awards for graduate students include the Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarship and the First Encounter Scholarship. Please be aware that grant recipients will now be asked to submit a brief report following their projects.

This year's applications are due no later than Friday, March 27th. Award decisions will be made at the following IMS board meeting.


IMS Associates Receive 4 New National Geographic Society Grants and 2 National Science Foundation Grants

Masson on Survey in MexicoRosenswig in Arizona

The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies congratulates Marilyn Masson, Robert Rosenswig and Verónica Perez Rodriguez IMS faculty associates, and Yahaira Nuñez Cortes, an IMS student associate, on their recent National Geographic grants. Masson and Rodriguez projects will be used for archaeological investigation in Mexico, while Rosenswig and Nunez will be used in Costa Rica. Yahaira Nuñez Cortes also received a NSF dissertation award for her doctoral project in Costa Rica and Robert Rosenswig received a new, senior NSF award for three years of work in Belize.


Congratulations Graduates!

The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies congratulates our 2019 graduates.This spring, Jeff Bryant and Josalyn Ferguson completed their Ph.D. degrees. Felicidades!