Student Awards

The Department of Anthropology bestows two awards annually to outstanding majors, and recognizes exceptional academic achievement among graduating senior majors by bestowing departmental honors at graduation. Criteria for these awards and honors is described below.

Awards & Honors

Franz Boas Award for the Outstanding Senior in Anthropology

Awarded annually. Eligibility is limited to senior majors who have completed all requirements for the major by the end of the term in which the award is given. Recipients of the award are chosen by the faculty of the Department of Anthropology according to a combination of the following criteria:

The Margaret Mead Award for the Outstanding Junior in Anthropology 

Awarded annually. Eligibility is limited to junior majors who have completed at least four courses in anthropology prior to the semester in which the award is given. Recipients of the award are chosen by the faculty of the Department of Anthropology according to a combination of the following criteria:

Departmental Honors 

Awarded at graduation to a small number of outstanding seniors in anthropology in recognition of academic achievement. Recipients of honors must meet the following criteria:

2018 Recipients

  • Julia Di Simone
  • Laura Polkinghorn

Past Recipients

Franz Boas Award

  • Hania Marien, 2017
  • Anya Rogala, 2016
  • Joyce Moreno, 2015
  • Kirsten Ramsdell, 2014
  • Rabindra Hayashi, 2013
  • Annie Fidler, 2012
  • Lindsey Falkenburg, 2011
  • Shannon Satterwhite, 2010
  • Sarah Kutten, 2009
  • Jennifer McKenzie, 2008
  • Jennifer Johnson, 2007
  • Garrett Stephenson, 2006
  • Elizabeth Phillips, 2005
  • Kristin Friesen, 2004
  • Daphne Jones, 2003
  • Daniel Rivas, 2002
  • Anna Geer, 2001
  • Elizabeth Simpson, 2000

Margaret Mead Award

  • Emily Buchi, 2017
  • Phoebe Wagner, 2016
  • Naomi Morgan, 2015
  • Erin McGrew, 2014
  • Kiana Diaz Figueroa, 2013
  • Jordyn Grant, 2012
  • D'Arcy Wright, 2011
  • Emily Dickey, 2010
  • Benjamin Clanton, 2009
  • Hayley Freedman, 2008
  • Amy Holthusen, 2007
  • Dawn Albert, 2006
  • Carly Smith, 2005
  • Elizabeth Phillips, 2004
  • Melinda Wheeler, 2003
  • Daphne Jones, 2002
  • Elizabeth Kowal, 2001
  • Anna Geer, 2000