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. 698
2 School of Medicine 372
3 Saluki Athletics 184
4 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences 147
5 College of Arts and Media 128
6 College of Health and Human Sciences 108
7 College of Engineering, Computing, Tech, & Math 91
8 School of Law 89
9 Marching Salukis 87
10 College of Business and Analytics 73
11 School of Education 59
12 Scholarships 58
13 Strong Survivors 54
14 College of Liberal Arts 52
15 Touch of Nature 50
16 Student Affairs 49
17 Morris Library 45
18 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center 40
19 WSIU Public Broadcasting 32
20 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 29
21 SIU Alumni Association 24
22 University Museum 23
23 SIU Arboretum 18
24 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 16
25 Green Roof Project 14
26 SIU Press 12
27 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program 12
28 University Honors Program 10
29 Center for Archaeological Investigations 9
30 Center for International Education 6
31 Graduate School 5
32 Research 4
33 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services 3
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Departments by Dollars Raised
Check out which Department has raised the most throughout SIU Day!
Rank Department Raised
1 College of Liberal Arts $723,265.96
2 School of Medicine $681,799.94
3 College of Business and Analytics $233,495.99
4 College of Agricultural, Life & Physical Sciences $188,666.93
5 College of Arts and Media $167,864.00
6 College of Engineering, Computing, Tech, & Math $136,400.00
7 Saluki Athletics $109,645.88
8 College of Health and Human Sciences $70,238.99
9 School of Education $62,395.00
10 Student Affairs $54,020.03
11 Balancing Education, Experience, & Reality Schp. $52,528.03
12 School of Law $34,630.21
13 SIU Alumni Association $28,575.00
14 Touch of Nature $25,860.00
15 Morris Library $11,280.00
16 Marching Salukis $9,434.95
17 Scholarships $7,907.64
18 Strong Survivors $6,080.00
19 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute $5,625.00
20 Student Multi-Cultural Resource Center $4,195.00
21 WSIU Public Broadcasting $3,480.00
22 University Museum $2,800.00
23 SIU Press $1,375.00
24 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion $1,205.00
25 SIU Arboretum $1,185.00
26 University Honors Program $1,045.00
27 Green Roof Project $1,005.00
28 Research $750.00
29 Civil Service Council Education Assistance Program $610.00
30 Center for Archaeological Investigations $475.00
31 Graduate School $427.00
32 Center for International Education $346.00
33 SIU Wellness and Health Promotion Services $105.00
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