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  • Locations: Alcudia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Pollentia Undergraduate Research Expedition (PURE)

Applications are open to applicants who will be calendar-year juniors or seniors in Fall 2020. Acceptance of younger applicants may (rarely!) be negotiated.

Registration for required course HST 391, offered during Spring 2020, begins on Monday evenings, November 4. All UP PURE participants must take this course, Public History through Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. 

Acceptance Decisions will be announced beginning December 11, 2019.

The final deadline for applications is January 17, 2020. This is also the last day to add required course HST 391 to your Spring 2020 class schedule. 

The goal for UP Pollentia Undergraduate Research Expedition (UP PURE) is implementation and support of faculty/student research in a global academic and cultural context. The Pollentia Undergraduate Research Expedition provides a programmatic umbrella under which UP faculty and students can undertake discipline-specific research projects and internships related to archaeology at the Roman city of Pollentia in Alcúdia, Mallorca, Spain. Administration of the Pollentia site is entrusted to the Consortium of the Roman City of Pollentia, a collaboration of Spanish regional and national governmental agencies. Field management of scientific and archaeological work at Pollentia falls to the Director, Prof. Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros [University of Barcelona, Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)], and the Co-Director, Prof. Mª Esther Chávez Álvarez (University of La Laguna). At the invitation of the Consortium and its Directors, UP PURE participants contribute to the broad framework of an archaeological excavation that involves professionals, students, and volunteers in all the physical and human sciences that pertain to the study, preservation, and conservation of cultural heritage.

About the UP Directors: 

  • Ronda Bard, Ph.D., Lecturer, UP Department of Chemistry, continues as campus coordinator and UP Site Director for 2020; contact her at and 503-943-8823.
  • Rev. H. Richard Rutherford, Ph.D., C.S.C., UP Professor Emeritus of Theology, serves as Director of the Initiative for Christian Antiquity in the Digital Age, the umbrella UP organization supporting the UP PURE program. Contact Fr. Rutherford at and 503-943-4685.
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Timeline for UP PURE application process:
Please mark the following dates on your calendar; contact UP Site Director Ronda Bard at to ask questions and arrange a meeting. We look forward to working with you to make your UP PURE participation a reality for Summer 2020!

Dates and deadlines:

  • September 30, 2019: UP PURE application opens on the Studies Abroad website.

  • October 9, 2019: The first Pollentia Drop-In Lunch Table happens in Bauccio Commons. Join UP PURE faculty, 2019 program alumni, and other potential 2020 participants for brown bag lunches on second and fourth/fifth Wednesdays in Fall 2020. Stay for any length of time that fits your schedule as we share resources, answer questions, and build community. Lunch Table dates are Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, and Nov. 27 at the Activity Table in the Commons from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. We hope to see you there! 

  • November 4, 2019: UP registration for Spring 2020 opens and continues through November 13. Register for HST 391 Public History through Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (3 credits), a special topics course that meets MW 1745-1910. This course, while open to all UP students, is REQUIRED for participants in UP PURE 2020; those participants will receive a grade of IP at the end of spring term and a final course grade in fall 2020.

  • November 15, 2019: Priority deadline for completing applications to UP PURE 2020.

  • December 11, 2019: The first round of acceptances into the UP PURE 2020 program announced; the program will accept up to 12 students with additional qualified applicants placed on a waitlist. Evaluation of applications submitted after November 15 continues until positions are filled.

  • January 17, 2020: Final deadline for UP PURE applications and the last day to register for HST 391 for Spring 2020.

  • ​January 31, 2020: Deadline for submitting a $300 deposit for participation in UP PURE 2020; $250 of this fee is refundable up to April 3, 2020, with $50 retained to cover administrative costs.
  • March 28, 2020 (this or another March Saturday, TBA!): Mandatory field training for archaeology! This Saturday event includes breakfast, training sessions, fieldwork in the UP shrubbery, and a pizza lunch. 

  • April 3, 2020: Refund deadline for UP PURE deposits. Deadline for commitment to participation in UP PURE 2020.

  • April 24, 2020: Deadline for submitting all Pollentia paperwork and electronic files to UP PURE and Studies Abroad.

  • April 30, 2020: Celebratory dinner for UP PURE participants! Please schedule your Exam Week adventures to allow this planning session and community event before we all meet in Spain.  

  • June 1, 2020: Deadline for submitting payments toward the UP PURE 2020 program fee. 

UP PURE 2020 Program Cost

The program fee for UP PURE Summer 2020 program is $3000 per participant. This fee includes housing, study abroad insurance, food for breakfasts and field breaks, weekday lunches, two dinners out per week, field leadership by expert archaeologists, one major weekend group outing, access to laundry supplies and facilities, etc. Students should expect additional out-of-pocket expenses ranging from about $2,600 up to $6,000; the variability depends on costs of round trip airfare, passport fee (if needed), personal expenses (weekend travel, souvenirs, etc.), weekend lunches and five dinners weekly. The Studies Abroad application to UP PURE includes a detailed spreadsheet of projected expenses; you can view and download this table once you begin the application process.
In recent summers, UP student participants have helped to cover program fees with funding from the College of Arts and Sciences SURE program, Shiley School of Engineering faculty-student research grants, CISGO seed grants, the Provost’s Undergraduate Initiative, and, via the UP Christian Antiquities Research fund, Fr. Ronald J. Wasowski, C.S.C, Research Assistance. Three past UP PURE students have received Benjamin Gilman International Scholarships from the U.S. State Department, and another three have used funds from UP Dundon-Berchtold Scholarships to support ethics research related to the Pollentia excavation. In 2018, the Pamplin School of Business Administration funded two Pollentia internships in Heritage Marketing. In future summers, we anticipate continued collaboration across the UP Schools, including the School of Nursing and the School of Education. Please contact Dr. Bard to learn more about these funding opportunities and to discuss resources and strategies for covering expenses of UP PURE 2020. We work hard to match students to possible funders!

UP PURE 2020 Program Itinerary

Arrival and Departure Dates

  • July 1, 2020: Student housing in Alcúdia opens at 2:00 PM this Wednesday.

  • July 3, 2020: Arrival deadline in Alcúdia by nightfall this Friday; this timing allows the weekend for (partial!) jet lag recovery, orientation to Alcúdia, any last-minute training, and a mandatory group meeting on Sunday.
  • July 5, 2020: Mandatory UP PURE all-group meeting on Sunday evening, time TBA, followed by celebratory dinner out in Alcúdia.
  • July 6, 2020: Pollentia Field School opens! We will tour of the site and get to work.
  • July 31, 2020: Last day of the Field School. We end with an all‐group‐all-university dinner at a favorite restaurant.
  • August 1 through August 3, 2020: Departure window for UP PURE students. The last night that UP student housing is available is Sunday, August 2. [Faculty, house managers, non-student volunteers may stay the night of August 3.]

Monday through Friday daily work flow for UP PURE and the Field School.

  • Breakfast at each house on your own; breakfast foods stocked by UP PURE.​

  • Be at the local bus stop (our gathering spot—you will know where that is!) by 7:20 AM, dressed for work, with plenty of water and extra sunscreen.

  • 7:20 AM: UP team heads to field to begin work at 7:30 AM.

  • 10:00 AM: Important 30‐minute field break: sandwiches & fruit & water refills provided.

  • 1:00 PM: Head home for cleanup and cooling off.

  • 1:15‐2:30 PM: Buffet lunch of soup, salad, and/or sandwiches provided by UP PURE.

  • 3:30 PM: Arrive up at Excavation House for washing & cataloging finds or research participation.

  • 6:00 PM: Typical end of workday; expect occasional extended research time and weekly seminars. After work, use your free time to cool off at beach, make excursions, run errands, or catch‐up work; dinner on your own (except for Wednesdays and Sundays).

UP PURE group meetings and community meals.

Please plan weekend activities so that you return in time for the Sunday evening gathering.

  • 8:00 PM Sundays: Mandatory community meeting

    • Layout of weekly work schedules & events

    • Check‐in, re: problems, challenges, solutions, insights

  • 8:30 PM Sundays: UP PURE group dinner at local restaurant

  • 7:30 PM Wednesdays: Mandatory community meeting

  • 8:30 PM Wednesdays: UP PURE group dinner at local restaurant

UP PURE in Action 2018-2020

Enjoy these shots of UP PURE participants in the field.

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.