Indre Antanaitis, a graduate student in UNLV's anthropology department, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Lithuania.
Originally from Chicago, Antanaitis received her bachelor's degree in anthropology in 1987 from the University of Minnesota. She also has a diploma to teach at Lithuanian schools from the Lithuanian Institute of Education.
Antanaitis has participated in archaeological excavations and surveys in New Mexico, North Dakota, and California. She was also a support staff member and dogmusher on a dogsled expedition to the North Pole in 1985-86 and worked at McMurdo, Antarctica in 1989-90.
Most recently, she worked at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas and edited the English translation of Dr. Marija Gimbutas's "The Prehistory of Lithuania," to be published by the Lithuanian Research and Studies Center in Chicago in 1995.
Antanaitis is one of approximately 2,000 U.S. grantees who will travel abroad for the 1994-95 academic year under the Fulbright Program.
Established in 1946 under Congressional legislation introduced by former Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program is designed "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."
Under the Fulbright Program, some 5,000 grants are awarded each year to American students, teachers, and scholars to study, teach, and conduct research around the world, and to foreign nationals to engage in similar activities in the United States. Individuals are selected on the basis of academic and professional qualifications, plus their ability and willingness to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures.
The program is administered by the U.S. Information Agency under policy guidelines established by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and in cooperation with a number of private organizations. Scholarships are awarded through open competition.