The Department of Anthropology offers a number of awards to undergraduates in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in our major. The departmental awards and prizes include the following: the Undergraduate Paper of the Year Award; Undergraduate Research and Conference Participation Awards; the Pauline Wollenberg Juda Memorial Endowment Fund Award Competition; and the Health Education Award. While we do not offer tuition scholarships, our awards include support for conference participation or research. Solicitations are made for each award via the departmental listserv at least two weeks before the application is due. See below for more information and be sure to speak with one of our undergraduate advisors or a faculty mentor.
Undergraduate Paper of the Year Award
Each year, the Anthropology Department sponsors a writing competition for the Undergraduate Paper of the Year Award. The winner receives an award letter and a small gift from the Department and his/her name is announced at graduation. Recipients must be Anthropology majors, and papers are generally 25-50 pages in length and are often of publication or near-publication quality. Candidates must work closely with an Anthropology professor prior to finalizing a submission by the third week of May, and decisions are made in early June. Please contact an undergraduate advisor for further information.
Sean Hixon, Senior, “The Colossal Hats (Pukao) of Monumental Statues: An Analysis of Pukao Variability on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)” (advisor: Terry Hunt)
Auschere Caufield, Senior, “From Household to Empire: the Zooarchaeology of Diouboye, Senegal” (advisor: Stephen Dueppen)
Nicole Dent, Senior, “Gender, Power, and Depo-Provera: Constraints on Reproductive Choice in Rural Nicaragua” (advisors: Aletta Biersack and Kristen Yarris)
Gabriel Sanchez, Senior, “Cetacean Hunting at the Par-Tee (35CLT20)? Enthnographic, Artifact and Blood Residue Analysis Investigation” (advisors: Jon Erlandson and Eirik Thorsgard)
Rebecca Cudmore, Senior, “Gestural Flexibility in Rehabilitant Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) at the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine in the State of Kalimantan Tengah” (advisor: Kirstin Sterner)
Colin Oliveira, Senior, “Evaluating 2D and 3D Methods of Measuring Fluctuating Asymmetry of Primate Skulls” (advisor: Frances White)
Undergraduate Research and Conference Participation Awards
The Department of Anthropology strongly encourages undergraduate student participation in research. We thus offer up to six awards a year to support faculty-mentored research and/or travel to present research at a professional conference. The competition takes place annually in the fall term. Applications are evaluated by the Departmental Awards Committee.
Samantha Skinner: Research award for data collection in primate behavior and hormones ($300)
Julia Arenson:: Research award for data collection in primate morphometrics ($300)
Devan Compton: Research and Travel awards for data collection in human aging and poster presentation at American Association of Physical Anthropology meetings ($600)
Tyler Barrett: Travel award for poster presentation at Population Association of America meetings ($300)
Sean Hixon: Travel award for poster presentation at Society for American Archaeology meetings ($300)
Pauline Wollenberg Juda Memorial Endowment Fund Award
The Department of Anthropology awards small travel and research grants through the Pauline Wollenberg Juda Memorial Endowment Fund. The awards assist undergraduate and graduate students in the anthropological study of nutrition. The competition takes place annually in the fall term. Applications are evaluated by the Departmental Awards Committee.
Recent undergraduate recipients
Nicolette Dent: Travel award to present a paper at the Western Regional International Health Conference in Seattle, WA; $250.
Anthropological Health Education Department Fund Award
The Anthropological Health Education Department Fund Award supports anthropological studies of human health, including sociocultural, biological, and archaeological efforts. Both undergraduate and graduate student research and travel are supported through this award. The competition takes place annually in the fall term. Applications are evaluated by the Departmental Awards Committee.
Recent undergraduate recipients
Lauren Hawkins: Travel award to present her honors thesis research, “Dental Eruption Sequences in Strepsirrhine Primates,” at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting in Portland, OR; $300.
DeAnna Morris: Travel award to present “Sexual dimorphism in growth of human manual digital proportions,” at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico; $250