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Steven R. Simms Undergraduate Scholarship
Endowment in Scientific Anthropology

Upon retirement from Utah State University, Professor Steve Simms expanded a scholarship begun in 1990 by him and his mentor, Dr. Carol Loveland. Steve is adding $50,000 between 2017 and 2020 as a token of gratitude to the undergraduates he had the pleasure of working with. Steve’s passion during his 30 years at Utah State was Undergraduate education. This endowment will support tuition and fees for an undergraduate each year in perpetuity. Please join Steve in supporting future undergraduates at Utah State University with your donation now and in the future.


Steve Simms went on his first archaeological “dig” in 1972 on a project to pave Highway U-95 from Blanding to Hite, across what is now known as the Bears Ears region. He was then an undergraduate student, and it changed his life. When he joined Utah State University in 1988, he continued his passion for taking students into the field - the mountains and deserts of Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, and Colorado. Students remember their field experiences with Simms; they not only explored the ancient human world, but the plant and animal ecosystems, geology, and climate too. They made music. They learned to run a real field camp. They learned to work together under some tough conditions. His field projects were an “outward bound” experience. It did not end there. In the classroom students found that the outdoor sciences were really weighted toward the library, and together they found intellectual adventures in the past.

Students from many different majors took courses, and did fieldwork in anthropology. Some became majors, some were double majors, and some supplemented their majors in other fields simply because they got the “archaeology bug”.  Some of those students went into archaeology in the private sector, government service, and museums. Others went in the law, business, politics, and education to name a few. The university undergraduate experience is about learning to learn, problem solving, critical thinking, and written communication. It is about broadening our understanding of our world – and thinking big.

USU Professor Emeritus Steven Simms has done archaeological field work across the United States and in the Middle East for over 45 years. His areas of specialty are the prehistory of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, human behavioral ecology, and archaeological method and theory. Simms has authored over 100 scientific publications, technical reports, and monographs. He is the author of Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau (2008), and the award winning Traces of Fremont: Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah (2010). He has directed over 80 archaeological research projects. A sample of USU awards includes: CHASS Researcher of the Year 1991, Honors Professor 1993-94, Joe Whitesides Scholar-Athletic Recognition Award 2003, Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year 2005.