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Undergraduate Paper of the Year

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.

Recent recipients

2018

Winner:
Samantha McGee, Senior, “Portrayals of Power: The Local Identity of Three Cypriot Sarcophagi from the Fifth Century BCE” (advisor: Daphne Gallagher)

Honorable Mention:
Jacob M. Jansen, Senior, “Between Honeybees and Beekeepers: A Glance at Beekeeping in Post-Colonial Malta” (advisor: Ana Lara)
AND
Connor N. Thorud, Senior, “Erosion Mapping and Risk Assessment for Archaeological Sites Along the Coquille River Estuary, Bullards Beach State Park, OR” (advisor: Scott Fitzpatrick)

2015

Winner:
Sean Hixon, Senior, “The Colossal Hats (Pukao) of Monumental Statues: An Analysis of Pukao Variability on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)” (advisor: Terry Hunt)
Honorable Mention:
Auschere Caufield, Senior, “From Household to Empire: the Zooarchaeology of Diouboye, Senegal” (advisor: Stephen Dueppen)

2014

Winner:

Nicole Dent, Senior, “Gender, Power, and Depo-Provera: Constraints on Reproductive Choice in Rural Nicaragua” (advisors: Aletta Biersack and Kristen Yarris)
AND
Gabriel Sanchez, Senior, “Cetacean Hunting at the Par-Tee (35CLT20)? Enthnographic, Artifact and Blood Residue Analysis Investigation” (advisors: Jon Erlandson and Eirik Thorsgard)

2013

Winner:
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)
Honorable Mention:
Colin Oliveira, Senior, “Evaluating 2D and 3D Methods of Measuring Fluctuating Asymmetry of Primate Skulls” (advisor: Frances White)