North Dakota Archaeological Association
Archaeologist Cynthia Kordecki was one of the greatest contributors to the NDAA. She put 110% of her energy and support into this organization. This scholarship honors her memory.

The North Dakota Archaeological Association (NDAA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the scientific investigation, preservation, and publication of archaeological research. The NDAA annually awards two research scholarships. Each scholarship is $1,000.00 (USD).


People of any age may apply for the scholarship, including K-12, higher education, and “life-long” students.

​The research must be relevant to the NDAA objectives to promote the scientific investigation, preservation, and publication of archaeological research.

​​The scholarship must be used to fund part or all of a specific research project.

​Award recipients are encouraged to share the results of the research with the NDAA membership. Options may include 1) publishing the research as an article in the NDAA journal North Dakota Archaeology, 2) publishing a report in the NDAA Newsletter, and/or 3) presenting the research at an Annual Meeting of the NDAA.

Application Process:

Check back in January 2016 for the details on the next round of scholarship awards.

Cynthia Kordecki Scholarship
2015 Cynthia Kordecki Research Scholarship

The Cynthia Kordecki Research Scholarship Committee received three very competitive applications this year for two $1,000 awards. The 2015 recipients are Dr. Joe Zeleznik of North Dakota State University, and Dr. Brooke Morgan from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Zeleznik’s research will focus on extending the master tree ring chronology for the Fargo-Moorhead area. His proposal states, “the goal of this research is to extend the length of the Fargo-Moorhad chronology by obtaining new log samples that date from AD 1730 and earlier. This will be achieved by scouting sections of the Red River for buried logs protruding from the riverbank; obtaining samples of those logs, and analyzing those samples using standard dendrochronology techniques.” Dr. Zeleznik will be sharing the results of his research with the membership through our publications and a presentation at a future meeting of the NDAA.

Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on the poorly understood Late Paleoindian-Early Archaic period transition in North Dakota. Specifically, she is interested in filling in the gaps in our knowledge of hunter-gatherer mobility and settlement patterns during this period. Dr. Morgan will travel to Bismarck to review the unpublished manuscript collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, interview private collectors, and make contact with regional museums to examine their collections. She will be sharing the results of her research with the membership through articles in the NDAA journal and newsletter. 

The scholarship committee reminds the membership that these scholarships are open to people of all ages, levels of knowledge, and backgrounds. We only received applications from professional archaeologists and graduate students this year, but we are also very interested in supporting well-argued proposals by young students, retirees, enthusiasts and life-long learners. The goal is not only to promote North Dakota archaeology, but to support non-professional engagement in archaeology. So if you have a project idea that you’ve been kicking around, just keep it in mind, and we will be accepting another round of applications in Spring of 2016.