Janet M. Fitchen was a professor of Anthropology at Ithaca College from 1977 until her untimely passing in 1995. She gained national recognition for her research on rural poverty in the U.S. She was the author of numerous articles and two books; Poverty in Rural America (1981) and Endangered Spaces, Enduring Places: Change, Identity, and Survival in Rural America (1991). In addition to her extensive research she was a distinguished teacher, recognized with a Dana Teaching Award in 1988. In her memory family, friends and colleagues established the endowment titled “The Janet Fitchen Student Development Fund” to support anthropology students at Ithaca College.

Please review the attached application form, procedures, eligibility requirements, and deadlines for these funding opportunities. Students should speak to their advisors about their research projects and possibilities for funding. Fitchen funds can be used to cover conference fees and registration fees, airfare or other travel costs (personal vehicle mileage reimbursement up to 180 miles), meals, lodging, etc.

Professional Development and Research Grant

The Fund may be used to defray the cost of attending conferences or workshops that increase a student’s engagement in anthropology. Depending on the level of funding each year, the Fund will provide at least $150-200 toward attendance. If a student presents a paper at a conference, the award will be at the higher end of the scale. Students may also use the Fund to purchase equipment or materials that will advance their research interests. The maximum amount that can be used is $75. Students are eligible to apply for these grants no more than once per academic year, but a student may be awarded both. Priority will be given to students who did not receive funding in the previous year. The Department encourages you to seek out other sources of funding as well, like the H&S Educational Grant Initiative (EGI). Please visitwww.ithaca.edu/hs/awards_and_honors/awardsgrants/ for more information.

Deadline: September 30 and October 31 (Fall) and February 28 and March 30 (Spring) [deadline subject to change]

Procedures for Submitting a Request for Funding: Students are responsible for filling out the attached application form and materials, a copy of the conference paper abstract (if applicable), and budget to the Chair of the Anthropology Department by the deadline.

Fitchen Fund Application Checklist

*Attach this checklist to the front of your application.

Name: Date:

Type of Funding/Award Request:

_____ Professional Development or Research Grant

_____ Fitchen Paper Award

_____ Fitchen Service Award

_____ Completed two-page application form

_____ One page (double-spaced, typed) description and justification for funding request/award and budget

_____ Signature of your Anthropology faculty sponsor or advisor

_____ Letter of recommendation from the organization where the service was carried out, if applying for the Service Award

_____ Proof of Human Subjects Approval, if applicable for research funding Attach this checklist to the front of your application

_____ Submit your completed application materials to the Chair of Anthropology via email by the proposed deadline

If you are awarded the Fitchen Fund Award for conference or research travel, please be sure to complete the Travel authorization form must be filled out and signed by student and faculty sponsor before your trip. See: /financial_services/forms/travel_authorization/travel_authorization_form.htm

*Keep all your receipts from your trip, and work with your faculty sponsor to complete the Travel Expense Report on your return. See: /financial_services/forms/expense_report_form/expense_report.htm

The Janet M. Fitchen Fund Application Form

  1. Name of Applicant
  2. Address for notification
  1. Email & Phone number
  2. Major(s) and Minor(s)
  3. Semester and Year of Graduation
  4. Amount Requested (Please include detailed budget on the proposal)
  5. Please check which type of funding you are applying for and fill in the requested information:

_____ The Janet M. Fitchen Paper Award

Name of Course and Faculty that you originally prepared the paper for:

Semester and Year enrolled in the course listed above:

Note: Attach a copy of the original paper to your request

_____ The Janet M. Fitchen Service Award

Name of Course that you originally conducted the service for, if applicable:

Name and address of the organization where you carried out the service:

Dates of Service:

_____ The Janet M. Fitchen Professional Development and Research Grant (check type)

  • Conference Presentation

Dates of Travel

Name of Conference and Location

Title of Presentation

  • Conference Attendance

Dates of Travel

Name of Conference and Location

  • Independent Field Research

Project Title

Proposed Dates of Implementation

Location of Study

  1. Have you received Departmental funding in the past year?

_____ Yes If yes, what kind & when?:

_____ No

  1. Have you applied for other sources of funding?

_____ Yes If yes, what kind & when?:

_____ No

  1. Is Human Subjects approval needed for your funding request?

_____ Yes (indicate status below)

_____ No

  • To be submitted
  • Currently under consideration
  • Approved on (date)
  1. Printed Name of Anthropology Faculty Sponsor:

Faculty Sponsor Signature Date:

*Have you completed all the items listed in the checklist? Yes No