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2009 Student Achievement Award

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology is offering the Sixth Annual Student Achievement Award to recognize student contributions in the area of practicing and applied anthropology. The Award recognizes students who have excelled in these fields and provides opportunities, particularly for students who have worked on team projects and in applied contexts, to be recognized during the AAA annual meeting and see their work published.

NAPA Student Achievement Award CFP 2009 (pdf)


1. Three cash prizes: $300 1st Place; $100 1st Runner Up; $50 Second Runner Up

2. All three papers will be published in a special issue of the NAPA Bulletin series

3. Students will be awarded a certificate of recognition and will be acknowledged at the NAPA Business Meeting during the 2006 AAA meeting in San Jose, CA


Students must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program at the time they submit their paper. Submission must be original work of publishable quality. The work may be undertaken alone or in collaboration with others, but for papers with one or more co-authors, an enrolled student must be the paper’s first author.

Requirements and Criteria:

Papers must be no more than 25 pages in text and footnotes, but excluding bibliography and any supporting materials. Papers should conform to 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 non-profit agencies, communities and business and industrial organizations.

Papers will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Clearly state the problem or issue being investigated, while also acknowledging divergent or alternative views of the problem or issue.
  • Clearly state the practical implications of the research for addressing or understanding real-world problems, resulting in recommendations, appropriate solutions or outcomes.
  • Be mechanically sound, including strong grammatical writing, proper formatting, and appropriate citations and bibliography. Papers should be double-spaced 12 pt. font.

Paper Submission Process:

Deadline for submission is July 1, 2009. Papers must be received by this date and should be submitted by email to NAPA Student Representative at:studentrep@practicinganthropology.org.

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