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ACUA & RECON Offshore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Travel Award ~ Call for Applications

The ACUA is excited to join efforts in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of underwater archaeology with RECON Offshore, a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) providing cultural resources solutions in maritime archaeology. Thank you RECON for your generous annual donation to the student travel award. We share your commitment to a more inclusive underwater archaeology.

The ACUA will be offering the ACUA & RECON Offshore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Travel Conference Award, providing $1,000 to defray travel costs for a student who is presenting a paper or poster on an underwater or maritime archaeology topic at the 2023 annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The goals of this travel award are to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion and to encourage student involvement at the meetings. Diversity is inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic background. Applicants that self-identify as diverse are encouraged to apply.

Conference abstracts must be submitted directly to the Conference Organizers as outlined in the SHA Call for Papers. Please refer to for complete details on abstract submission and deadlines. To be eligible for consideration, students applying for this award must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (includes full-time, part-time, or thesis/dissertation hours only), and in good academic standing.

For more information about qualifying, applying, and submitting for this award, please download the ACUA & RECON Offshore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Travel Award guidelines.

ACUA Student Newsletter Spring 2022

Another great ACUA Student newsletter featuring student research, the first ACUA award for Distinguished Achievement in Underwater Archaeology, Student Travel and DEI awards, the Careers Panel and more! Check it out.

Recent Deep Thoughts

The value of cultural heritage for comprehensive ocean science research: reflections upon the UN Oceans Conference 2022 in Lisbon

Athena Trakadas provides an update on the recent UN Oceans Conference in Lisbon June 27-July 1, and reports on important steps forward to ensure the inclusion of cultural heritage. Read about it.

Careers in Underwater Archaeology

Dominic Bush recaps the Early Professional Careers Panel hosted virtually on April 21, 2022. It turned out even better than the original plan. Read more about it!

Beneath the surface of our oceans, lakes, rivers, and wetlands lies a physical record of humankind preserved in prehistoric and historic shorelines, shipwrecks, inundated cities, harbors, and other traces of our past.

Core Principles

Ethics, respect, diversity and equity are the core principles around which we should all strive to lead our professional and personal lives. The ACUA strongly encourages all professional organizations to promote ethical principles, non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and anti-racist policies among their memberships.

Vision Statement

The ACUA serves as an international advisory body on issues relating to underwater archaeology, conservation, and submerged cultural resources management. It is working to educate scholars, governments, sport divers, and the general public about underwater archaeology and the preservation of underwater resources.

Support provided by the Society for Historical Archaeology

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