2012 NAPA Student Achievement Award Deadline June 24, 2012

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology is offering the Ninth 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.

(1) Three cash prizes will be awarded:
[ ] $300,  1st Place
[ ] $100,  1st Runner Up
[ ] $50,  2nd Runner Up
(2) Papers will go through a peer review process and will be considered for online publication by NAPA
(3) Students will be awarded a certificate of recognition and will be acknowledged at the NAPA Business Meeting during the 2012 AAA meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Students must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program at the time they submit their paper. Submissions 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.

Papers must be no more than 25 pages of text and footnotes, excluding bibliography and any supporting materials. Papers should conform to the author guidelines of the American Anthropologist (http://www.aaanet.org/publications/guidelines.cfm). 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, and business and industrial organizations.

Papers will be judged on the following criteria:

• Clearly states the problem or issue being investigated, as well as its relevance to practicing/applied anthropology.
• Clearly states the practical implications of the research for addressing or understanding real-world problems, and discusses recommendations, appropriate solutions, or outcomes.
• Considers arguments that potentially undermine the position being supported, and acknowledges both their plausibility and their limitations.
• Be mechanically sound, including strong grammatical writing, proper formatting, and appropriate citations and bibliography. Papers should be double-spaced, 12 pt. font. Students are encouraged to have the papers reviewed by an academic adviser before submission, although this is not mandatory.

Deadline for submission: JUNE 24, 2012. Papers must be submitted via email by this date to NAPA Student Representative Melissa Stevens at napastudentaward@gmail.com.

For more information on the award, you may also contact Melissa Stevens at the same email address.

For information on past award winners, see the Student Achievement Award archive page at http://practicinganthropology.org/students/student-achievement-award/student-award-archive/.

Click here for a printable award instruction flyer (PDF format).


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