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  • Anthropology & Earth Science Scholarships

    MSUM offers Anthropology and Earth Science scholarships for current and incoming students. Scholarships are listed below. Students can also apply for general university scholarships through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

    Scholarship application information will be emailed to students enrolled in the Anthropology and Earth Science program. Additional information may be posted in the department.

    Michlovic Endowed Scholarship


    1. Applicants should be highly engaged majors
    2. Applicants should have experiential experience

    Faculty and staff of the Department of Anthropology & Earth Science, desiring to permanently invest in the future of MSUM, established the Michlovic Endowed Scholarship within the MSUM Alumni Foundation named in honor of Michael G. Michlovic.

    Allocations from the Michlovic Endowed Scholarship shall be used for scholarships for Anthropology & Earth Science Students.

    Initiated in the spring of 2012, this fund was named the Michlovic Scholarship because Mike helped create our interdisciplinary Anthropology and Earth Science department in 1999. We also recognize Mike’s contributions as chair from 1999-2011 and as professor of anthropology since 1975. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by March 2017 to satisfy the conditions for an endowed scholarship. After this goal is reached, allocations (approximately $500) generated from interest on the principal would be used for annual scholarships.

    We presently enroll about 100 students in the department, many of whom need financial support. The Michlovic Scholarship will allow us to support and honor highly engaged majors who do much to inspire faculty and students in the department, while continuing Mike’s focus on experiential learning and well-trained students.


    2015-2016 Recipients  

    Bret & Carra are Outstanding in their Field!  

    Name: Bret Salter
    Major: Anthropology, with an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology
    Year in School: Junior
    Research Area/ Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erik Gooding is my advisor. I'm involved in several projects with Dr. Gooding, primarily the linguistic aspects of the large geospatial map project we're working on for the Meshkwaki and Iowa tribes. 

    Name: Carra A. Strader
    Major: Anthropology, with an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology
    Year in School: Senior
    Research Area/ Faculty Advisor: I am doing research about the Meshkwaki tribe dealing with names and marriages with Dr. Gooding as my advisor. I am a member of Dragon Anthropological Association (DAA) and the American Indian Student Association (AIS



    How to Donate

    We are halfway to our goal. We invite you to help us raise the remaining funds and to invest in our Anthropology and Geoscience majors. Donations of any amount are most welcome.

    Mail donations to:

    MSUM Alumni Foundation
    1104 7th Avenue South
    Moorhead, MN 56563
    On check note: Michlovic Endowed Scholarship Fund (E235)

    Questions? Please Contact:

    Rinita A. Dalan, Professor and Chair
    218.477.5900 or  

    Donate online:

    1. Visit 
    2. Under “Donation Information”
      1. Indicate amount
      2. Select Michlovic Endowed Scholarship Fund from the designation dropdown menu

    About Michael Michlovic

    Born in 1949, Michlovic was educated in anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated summa cum laude, phi beta kappa. He received the M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, specializing in prehistoric archaeology. Michlovic has participated in field projects at historic sites in Pennsylvania (colonial) and Minnesota (19-20th century urban and rural sites), Virginia (Paleoindian), Illinois (survey), and the Samoan Islands (excavations at a stratified prehistoric Polynesian site). Since 1975 he has been professor of anthropology at Minnesota State University Moorhead. In 1998 he helped found a new academic department, Anthropology and Earth Science, and fostered an active relationship between anthropology and the geosciences. Michlovic served as chair of the department from 1999-2011. He continues to teach a variety of courses in archaeology, including field school, archaeology lab, and the seminar in anthropology.

    Through MSUM most of his archaeological projects have been performed in and around the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota. This work includes directing surveys and excavations. Survey projects include large scale, full coverage surveys (such as the Maple River dam survey, 1992), random sample surveys (1978 Clay County survey), problem oriented projects (Upper Red River, Norman County, Swift County surveys), and numerous small CRM pedestrian surveys. He directed large-scale excavations at stratified prehistoric sites (Rustad site), single component buried sites (Canning), multicomponent disturbed sites (Mooney), near surface sites (Lake Bronson), undisturbed fortified villages (Shea, Sprunk, Lucas, Peterson, Biesterfeldt sites), and historic sites in both rural and urban settings (Myers and Probstfield sites and historic Moorhead).

    In addition to field experience, Michlovic served for nine years as a member of the National Register of Historic Places State Review Board for Minnesota, developing a close familiarity with National Register criteria. Michlovic also served as a board member for the Clay County Historical Society, the Heritage-Hjemkomst Center, and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. He is past editor of The Minnesota Archaeologist, past president of the Council for Minnesota Archaeology. He reviews manuscripts for Plains Anthropologist, the Canadian Journal of Archaeology, and grants proposals for the National Science Foundation.