Student Achievement Award

2015 NAPA Student Achievement Award

Deadline: June 1, 2015

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The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology offers the annual Student Achievement Award to recognize student contributions in the area of practicing and applied anthropology. The Award recognizes students who have excelled in the field and provides opportunities, particularly for students who have worked on team projects and in applied contexts, to be recognized and have their work acknowledged during the AAA annual meetings.

Up to three cash prizes may be awarded:

  • $300,  1st Place
  • $100,  1st Runner Up
  • $50,  2nd Runner Up

A panel of anthropological practitioners will review all student paper submissions.  Awardees will receive a certificate of recognition and will be acknowledged during the NAPA Business Meeting at the AAA annual meeting. Awardees will be listed in this website’s Student Achievement Award archive, and abstracts will be included when available.

Students must have been enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program at the time they conducted their work. Applications will be accepted from current students or within six months after graduation. Submissions must be original work of publishable quality, and not primarily a repurposing of papers already submitted for class requirements. The work may be undertaken alone or in collaboration with others, but for papers with one or more co-authors, an enrolled student (at the time of the work) must be the paper’s first author.

Papers must be no more than 25 pages of text and footnotes, excluding the bibliography and any supporting materials. Papers should conform to the author guidelines of the American Anthropologist ( Papers must be a product of work relevant to practicing and applied anthropology, including, but not limited to: examinations of community impact, contributions to identifying and improving local/service needs, or communicating anthropological theory and methods to non-anthropologists in collaborative research settings including nonprofit agencies, communities, government agencies,  and business organizations. Papers should not consist solely of intellectual musings, philosophical discussions, or personal reflections.

Papers should be double-spaced using a common 12-point font, submitted in either MS Word or PDF formats. Margins should be 1″ on all sides.  Students are encouraged to have the papers reviewed by an academic adviser apprised of the criteria below before submission, although this is not mandatory.

Successful applicants will have read through and closely followed the award criteria below:

• There is a clear statement of the problem or issue being investigated.
• The subject is directly and closely relevant to practicing/applied anthropology.
• The paper lucidly states the practical implications of the research for addressing or understanding real-world problems, and discusses recommendations, appropriate solutions, or outcomes.
• Intellectual antecedents for framing the problem/issue are put forth concisely and cogently.
• Any arguments that potentially undermine the position being supported are considered, and both the plausibility and limitations of arguments are acknowledged.
• The paper will be mechanically sound. This includes strong grammatical writing, proper formatting, appropriate text citations, and a complete and accurate bibliography.

The deadline for 2015 submissions is MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015. Papers must be submitted via email by the deadline to the NAPA Student Representative at For more information on the award,  contact the student representative at this email address.

Past Award Winners

For information on past award winners, see the Student Achievement Award archive page at


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