Student Awards & Honors

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.

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:

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:

Past Recipients

  • Nicole Nagel & Evelyn Newburne, 2022
  • Francesca McClure, 2021
  • Jaelin Sonoda, 2020
  • Karmen Chavez-Sam, 2019
  • Julia Di Simone, 2018
  • 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

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:

Past Recipients

  • C.J. Lane & Aliya Schwartz, 2022
  • Oakley Fielder, 2021
  • Juniper Scheel, 2020
  • Claire Johnson, 2019
  • Laura Polkinghorn, 2018
  • 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
  • Harry Truman Scholarship: Mariah Grubb (2013), Hannah Harper (2010)
  • National Science Foundation REU: Shannon Satterwhite (2010)
  • Erasmus Mundus Agency Scholarship: Hayley Freedman (2008)
  • National Health Service Corp Scholarship: Hannah Harper (2011)
  • Watson Fellowship: Jenny McKenzie (2008)
  • Luce Scholars Program: Emily Dickey (2011)
  • Fulbright Scholarships: Alexis Gjurasic (2019), Grace Katzmar (2014) Emily Dickey (2011), Emily Johnson (2008)
  • Keelin Rice 2024: The Road to Rediscovery
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins
  • Aliya Schwartz 2023: Constructing the Wilderness in Oregon
    Major: Anthropology and Sociology
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins
  • Sarah Dean 2020: How Young People are Using Hashtags, Rock Music, and Protest to Expand Democracy in Argentina: A Qualitative Study of Youth Political Participation in Argentina
    Sponsor: Peter Wogan, Anthropology
  • Lydia Savelli 2018: La Féminisation des Professions de Santé en France: An Exploration of the Trajectory of Female Physicians in France
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Diane Jung 2018: Emotional Stress and College Life: A Comparative Study between American and South Korean College Students
    Sponsor: Peter Wogan, Anthropology
  • Therese Nguyen 2017: Rethinking Old Age through the Illness Narratives of Vietnamese Elders
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Madelon Bergan 2016: A Temporary Chamber Ensemble as a Community: Exploring the Role of Adult Music-Making as an Affinity Group
    Sponsor: Pam Moro, Anthropology
  • Ari Hoffman 2016: Learning from Tucson’s Mexican American Studies Project: San Francisco’s Ethnic Studies Future through the Looking Glass
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins, Anthropology
  • Phoebe Wagner 2016: Decolonizing Cultural Education: A Study of Māori Language, Arts and Crafts in Rotorua, New Zealand
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins, Anthropology
  • Hania Marien 2015: A Troubling Disconnect: Exploring Why Greater Ethnic Diversity in Schools has not Translated into Greater Ethnic Representation in School Books
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Naomi Morgan 2015: Medicalization and the Lifecycle of the Birthing Process
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Hannah Schwarz 2014: Shifting Landscapes of Peruvian Identity and the Production of Quinoa
    Sponsor: Peter Wogan, Anthropology
  • Mariah Grubb 2013: Examining the Efficacy of Volunteer Tourism
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Joseph Campbell 2012: Subsistence Strategies of Homeless LGBT Youth in Portland, Oregon
    Sponsor: Scott Vandehey, Anthropology
  • Jake Hagood 2011: Area Survey of LGBT Resources and Services
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Rachael Mayer 2011: Involving Communities: The Importance of Voice in Online Museum Exhibitions
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins, Anthropology
  • Breanna Lee 2010: The Dynamic Folk: Joanna Newsom and the Participant-Based Construction of Folk Music Subgenres
    Sponsor: Pamela Moro,
    Major: Music
  • Lindsey Falkenburg 2009: How Oaxacan Families Cope with Economic Depression
    Sponsor: Peter Wogan, Anthropology
  • Sarah Kutten 2008: Ghana's New Bonding Measures: Is Nursing a Ticket Out?
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Emily Johnson 2007: Inequalities within the Women's Healthcare Delivery System in France
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Carolyn Burns 2006: The Role of Family in Mental Health Care in Oaxaca, Mexico
    Sponsor: Peter Wogan, Anthropology
  • Mara Hansen 2006: A Critical Examination of Medical Pluralism in Rural Guatemala
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Steve Malick 2006: Gender Identity and Jesus: The Masculinities of Christian Men
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins, Anthropology
  • Beth Phillips 2004: Remembering and Dealing with Domestic Violence: Youth in Transition
    Sponsor: Pamela Moro, Anthropology
  • Adrienne Davich 2003: Ethnography of a Small-Town Tragedy: An Acute Childhood Leukemia Cluster in Fallon, Nevada
    Sponsor: Carol Long, English; Peter Wogan, Anthropology,
  • Rosemary Roberts 2002: Paris to Portland: Abortion, Contraception and Feminism in Two Cultures
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins, Anthropology
  • Danielle Mathey 2000: The Use of Non-Medical Contraceptive Methods in the U.S.: Documentation and Analysis
    Sponsor: Pamela Moro, Anthropology
  • Diana Marquez Guerrero 2017: Heirlooms and the Immigrant Experience
    Sponsor: Pam Moro, Anthropology
  • Jared Tupuola 2015: Sending Back to the Samoas: A Comparative Study of American Samoa and Samoa's Relationship with Transnationalism Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
  • Dylan Librande 2013: Music and the Sense of Place in Video Games
    Sponsor: Pam Moro, Anthropology
  • Cristina Marquez-Guerrero 2012: Restoration of La Mixteca: Empowering Indigenous Communities
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins, Anthropology
  • Lauren Dimock 2010: Clean Burning Stoves: Their Relationship Between Climate Change and Indigenous Culture
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins, Anthropology
  • Catherine Stockdale, 2011: From These Hands, From This Heart: An Exploration into the Vocation of 21st Century Global Health and Aid Workers
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen
  • Emily Dick, 2010: An Exploration of Ayurvedic Health Care in Northwest, USA
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen
  • Bill Harper, 2009
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen
  • Naomi Rothenberg, 2020: Migrant at the Chilean Border: Discriminatory Practices and their Consequences on the Integration
    of Migrants
    Sponsor: Rebecca Dobkins
  • Laura Polkinghorn, 2019: Timing is Everything: An Analysis of Relative Levels of Agency in the Journey from the Streets to Transitional Housing in Salem, Oregon
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen
  • Therese Nguyen, 2018: Aging in Sociocultural Perspective: Intersecting Vietnamese Catholicism, Care and Community in the Lived Experiences of Elderly Women
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen
  • Racyne Parker, 2017: The Role of Mental Health and Crisis in the Criminal Justice System-Incarceration
    Sponsor:  Rebecca Dobkins
  • Julianne Johnson, 2016: Cancer Clusters: Various Perspectives and Rising Tensions
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen
  • Joelle DeLong, 2015: The Dutch Way: An Anthropological Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen
  • Ian Brody 2011: The Informed Artist: Enriching a Musical Performance With an Anthropological Study of Nationalism
    Sponsor: Pamela Moro, Anthropology
    Music Major, Anthropology Minor
  • Lindsey Falkenburg 2010: Understanding Diasporas and Their Relationships With Home and Host Countries
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen, Anthropology
    Anthropology Major 
  • Joelle DeLong '14: Mellon Foundation, Learning by Creating and The Center for Religion, Law and Democracy
  • The Dutch Way: Alternative Views on the End of Life
    Sponsor: Joyce Millen
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