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The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School Winter Research Design Symposium is a two week long intensive ethnographic training module

focusing on Ethnographic Research Design.


This special IFS Winter Symposium will focus solely on Research Design and is ideal for any professional or student creating a new project or honing a working draft.


This session is open to professionals and students of all levels, but will be geared mostly to Continuing Education and

Undergraduate / MA / Ph. D. level research proposals (please bring your current proposal draft if you have one).


Upper level undergraduates working on a thesis, or post - Ph.Ds who want to build their Research Design skills are also welcomed to attend this special session.


The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School prides itself on solid research design. For our Advanced Methods sessions in the summer, all students must prepare and present a professional research proposal prior to starting their field research. The winter session would be ideal for students who intend on participating in the Advanced Methods session in the summer as it will allow the student to have more training on design as well as get familiar with the island and their research topic of interest.






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We have divided our program into three distinct, yet fluid and related sections. Below is a list of ongoing and possible research areas for incoming Winter Research Design students.  Of course, students and visiting professionals are welcome to discuss other possible research ideas.


  • Medical Anthropology

  • Teen Pregnancy

  • Dengue Fever

  • Food Borne Diseases (Typhoid, Salmonella, etc.)

  • Diabetes

  • Disabilities

  • Drug & Alcohol Misuse

  • Environmental Anthropology

  • Sea Turtles

  • Whale Sharks

  • Reef Conservation 

  • Waste and Erosion

  • Heritage T

  • Tourism and Development Anthropology

  • Economies

  • English as a Second Language

  • Education Policy and Regulation

  • Culture and History

  • Religion

  • Politics

  • Identity

  • Community Action



Lead Instructor:  Dr. Todd Pierce






C R E D I T S   A N D   T U I T I O N   D E A D L I N E S






Students will be committed to a minimum of 40 hours of lectures and research development per week.



The Tuition Deadline for is December 7 2016,  .


The two-week Winter Research Design Symposium Session costs $2,250 per student and includes ethnographic research development training, and lodging at Hotel Paraiso Mexicano.


You must include your full name and application acceptance code when sending your payment. You will receive an application acceptance code once your application to attend the Field School has been reviewed and you have been accepted to the school.


Please Contact us at to arrange for payment options.


Tuition does not include your transportation (flights, taxis and ferry ride to the island).


Our Basic Housing for the Field School is at Hotel Paraiso Mexicano and is included in student tuition costs.





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If you apply and are accepted to join the Winter Research Design Symposium:


Pay your tuition in full by November 15 and receive a $250 Tuition Discount







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Spending Money




Student’s lodging (food is not included) is covered in the cost of tuition, but you will want to venture out to enjoy all that Isla Mujeres offers -- there are a lot of great restaurants and musical venues on the island.  When not doing field research, attending lectures or writing up field notes, we suspect you might want to enjoy the stunning beaches and energetic nightlife.



We suggest that you plan on having about $500 USD or more in spending money in reserve for the two-week Winter Research Design Symposium.


You will trade your home-country currency in for pesos when you arrive, or withdraw as pesos from an ATM..









Typical Dinner Out = ~ $10-20 US


Typical Lunch Out = ~ $7 US


Delicious Taco in The Colonias = ~ .80 US


Cup of Coffee in Centro = ~ $2 US


Golf Cart Rental for One Day = ~ $50 US


Moto Rental for One Day = ~ $30 US


Taxi to and from Airport = ~ $100 US (expect $65 coming to Isla, $30 going back)


Ultramar Ferry from Cancun = ~ $14 US Round Trip


Local Island Taxi = ~ Roughly $2 to $6 US


Coca Cola from a Tienda = ~ $1 US


Typical Beer = ~ $2 US at a bar


Custom Made Pinata = ~ $30 US

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