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Program Description

This field school, offered during both Fall and Spring semesters, is designed for undergraduates who have an interest in prehistoric sciences seeking comprehensive field training. The Turkana Basin region, made famous over the past five decades through the work of Richard, Meave and Louise Leakey, has produced much of the world's most important fossil evidence for human evolution. The field school will have five modules and will provide 15 credits of 300-level coursework in Archaeology and Geology.

Undergraduate Courses Offered

  • ANT 304 - Modern & Ancient Eastern African Environments: Study of the habitats of our early ancestors by examining analogous modern ecosystems
  •  ANT 307 - Archaeology of the Turkana Basin: An examination of evidence of the last 10,000 years of human life ways around Lake Turkana
  • GEO 303 - Geology of the Turkana Basin: A survey of the sedimentation, stratigraphy, volcanism, and tectonics of the area, which will include training in field methods
  • ANP 305 - Vertebrate Paleontology of the Turkana Basin: Use of various methods used to glean information from vertebrate fossils about the appearance, evolution, and causes of extinction of major organisms
  • ANP 306 - Paleoanthropological Discoveries of the Turkana Basin: A series of lectures by senior paleoanthropologists, laboratory exercises using casts of important finds, and field trips to discovery locations.
Service Learning

There will be an educational experience requiring students to participate in an organized service activity in the local community and a formal reflection on this activity

Living Arrangements

Students will live in residence hall-style accommodations at TBI's research facilities at Turkwel, which overlook the Turkwel River and some spectacular 3.5 million year fossil deposits.  The facilities are fully equipped with laboratories, classroom spaces, and dining area. There is limited cell phone and internet connectivity on campus.

Program Costs & Travel Info

  • Application Processing Fee: $60
  • Administrative Fee: $200
  • Undergraduate Tuition: $2,935 per semester for NY residents, $8,905 per semester for non-residents
  • Program Fee: $6,500 (includes lodging, 3 meals per day, group excursions, and local transportation)
  • International Health Insurance Fee (mandatory)

Additional Costs:

  • Airfare 
  • Vaccinations (as per travel doctor)

Application Deadline

  • Click here to apply online
  • Applications are due May 1st 2014.
  • Late applications will be considered at the Program Director’s discretion.


For more information about the field school, please click here.
Check out a blog by an SBU student currently in the field here
For more information about Dr. Richard Leakey and his work at the Turkana Basin Institute, please click here


“Looking back at 40 years of work in the Turkana Basin underlines how much more can and must be done.”

- Dr. Richard Leakey


Jennifer Green
Study Abroad Advisor
International Academic Programs
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397
(631) 632-7030

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