The AWIARE/Levett Foundation grant is awarded yearly to graduate students who are pursuing research topics in Tampa Bay archaeology, history, or environmental science. The 2022 award was divided between three worthy students.
Theodora Light, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, will receive funding to support her research on the seventeenth-century Tocobaga diaspora as part of a larger pattern of displaced Indigenous settlements across Florida in the aftermath of European contact.
Melissa Price is pursuing her Ph.D. at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Using non-burial data from the Manasota Key Offshore site in Sarasota County, Melissa will use non-burial materials to evaluate sea-level rise and study the factors that resulted in the preservation of 7000-year-old human remains.
Richard Davis will receive funds to support his comparative study of fishing technologies used by Safety Harbor and Caloosahatchee Indigenous groups. Richard is pursuing a MA degree at the University of Central Florida.