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Kelsey Prize

What is the Kelsey Prize?

Behind every archaeological object is a story—or many stories. Who created it and why? What challenge did it help address? How and when was it abandoned? Who found it? What did they think of this object? What new purpose does it now have? 

The Kelsey Prize for Excellence in Archaeological Research and Interpretation invites University of Michigan undergraduate students to explore and discover the stories behind the objects at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. This competition is open to any undergraduate from any discipline at UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and UM-Flint. The projects that best demonstrate excellence in research and interpretation of the Kelsey Museum’s archaeological collections will be awarded a cash prize (up to four projects).

Announcing the 2021–2022 Kelsey Prize Winners

The Kelsey Prize winners for 2021–2022 are Jason Leaym, a third-year majoring in classical civilization with minors in history and Latin language and literature; Anna Luurtsema, a third-year in the LSA Honors Program majoring in anthropology; Araceli Rizzo, a third-year studying classical archaeology; and Dani Tutak, a third-year pursuing dual degrees in art and design as well as anthropology. Learn more about this year's winners and see their projects.

Interested in submitting a project for the Kelsey Prize competition?

Click here to learn more about the Kelsey Prize and read the competition guidelines.