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Center for Archaeological Investigations
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The Center  for Archaeological Investigations (CAI) is an applied archaeology research center  on the SIUC campus established by Dr. George Gummerman in 1977. Over the last 40 years  CAI archaeologists have conducted research and made significant discoveries in areas located across the globe including the southwestern and Midwestern US, the Caribbean, and Micronesia.

But our primary mission has always been and remains   working with students. We  aid in student retention on the  SIUC campus by providing employment opportunities to students at our curation facility as well as hiring them to work on external grant projects. Students who work for us might variously find themselves analyzing artifacts, preparing donated items for curation, surveying Forest Service lands for archaeological sites, or conducting their own research.  

We also aid in student retention by providing   students who otherwise might be feeling lost in what can sometimes seem to be an impersonal university setting with   a “home” (the CAI) where they can meet and interact with other students and professional archaeologists outside of the classroom setting.

Your contribution directly benefits students by enabling the CAI  to continue our work in guiding their personal and professional development  by training them for employment opportunities after graduation. Our  “alumni” currently hold positions with the federal and state governments, private companies, and academic research centers and departments across the country.

Please help us continue our mission of working with students into the future. We greatly appreciate your generosity in doing so.

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Departments with the Most Gifts!
Check out which department has brought in the most gifts for SIU Day!
Rank Department Gifts
1 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. 950
2 School of Medicine 369
3 Saluki Athletics 254
4 College of Health and Human Sciences 219
5 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences 197
6 College of Mass Communication and Media Arts 170
7 College of Engineering 155
8 Marching Salukis (Liberal Arts) 141
9 School of Law 128
10 College of Business and Analytics 125
11 School of Education 124
12 College of Liberal Arts 107
13 Touch of Nature 78
14 Morris Library 76
15 Student Affairs 69
16 SIU Alumni Association 66
17 Strong Survivors 65
18 The Arts (Liberal Arts) 59
19 WSIU Public Broadcasting 56
20 General University Scholarships 53
21 Diversity Initiatives 46
22 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 43
23 University Museum 33
24 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center 32
25 Green Roof Project 27
26 Graduate School 23
27 University Honors Program 23
28 SIU Press 19
29 SIU Arboretum 17
30 Center for Archaeological Investigations 14
31 Center for International Education 12
32 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program 10
33 Research 7
34 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services 7
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Departments by Dollars Raised
Check out which Department has raised the most throughout SIU Day!
Rank Department Raised
1 School of Medicine $373,761.00
2 College of Liberal Arts $327,877.00
3 College of Business and Analytics $320,638.00
4 Saluki Athletics $270,124.29
5 College of Health and Human Sciences $190,391.94
6 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences $131,183.82
7 Morris Library $113,270.00
8 College of Engineering $103,696.90
9 School of Law $97,470.00
10 School of Education $70,639.00
11 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. $65,724.53
12 General University Scholarships $55,046.00
13 Touch of Nature $52,325.00
14 College of Mass Communication and Media Arts $51,385.94
15 The Arts (Liberal Arts) $36,075.00
16 SIU Alumni Association $16,277.00
17 Marching Salukis (Liberal Arts) $11,999.88
18 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute $8,335.00
19 Diversity Initiatives $6,695.00
20 University Museum $6,270.00
21 WSIU Public Broadcasting $5,945.00
22 Strong Survivors $5,770.00
23 Student Affairs $5,260.18
24 Graduate School $2,035.00
25 SIU Press $1,955.00
26 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center $1,870.00
27 University Honors Program $1,555.00
28 Green Roof Project $1,550.00
29 SIU Arboretum $1,505.00
30 Center for International Education $1,420.00
31 Research $920.00
32 Center for Archaeological Investigations $735.00
33 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program $500.00
34 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services $270.00
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