2015 SAA STUDENT PAPER AWARD

Please direct all replies to Brett Houk at brett.houk@ttu.edu and Lynn Fisher at lfish1@uis.edu:

To students preparing presentations or posters for the 2015 SAA’s:

Did you know that each year the SAA gives awards for the best original paper and poster presented by
a student at the meetings?
The winner of the SAA Student Paper Award receives $1,000 worth of books and other prizes, and
winner of the Student Poster Award receives $250. Both are recognized by a plaque presented during the
business meeting at the Annual Meeting, a citation in the SAA Archaeological Record, and
acknowledgement on the awards page of the SAA website. Co-authors share the award.

Entry is by self-nomination. Students submitting to the SAA Student Paper Award should send their paper
and PowerPoint slides, along with a supporting statement from a faculty or supervisory sponsor, by March
1, 2015 to Lynn Fisher (lfish1@uis.edu, Chair, SAA Student Paper Award Committee). Students
submitting to the SAA Student Poster Award should send their poster in PDF form by March 1, 2015, to
Brett Houk (brett.houk@ttu.edu, Chair, SAA Student Poster Award Committee).

To be eligible for either award, all co-authors must be students, your abstract must be accepted by the
SAA, and the first author must be a member of the SAA. Abstracts must be submitted using the SAA’s
online system by the September 11 deadline.

Detailed submission guidelines are attached, and are also available on the SAA web page at
http://www.saa.org/AbouttheSociety/Awards/tabid/123/Default.aspx
If you have questions about the SAA Student Paper and Student Poster Awards, please contact us. We
hope to see many students participating in the SAA’s in San Francisco, April 15-19, 2015!
Lynn Fisher, Chair, SAA Student Paper Award Committee, lfish1@uis.edu

Brett Houk, Chair, SAA Student Poster Award Committee, brett.houk@ttu.edu
[ATTACHMENT:]

2015 SAA STUDENT PAPER AWARD

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2015

Award Description: This award recognizes an outstanding student conference paper based on original
research.

Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award: All student members of SAA in good
standing whose paper abstract has been accepted by the SAA for the upcoming annual meeting are
eligible to participate. All co-authors must be students, and the first author must be a member of the SAA.
Nomination/Submission Materials Required: The paper abstract must be accepted by SAA for the
upcoming annual meeting. All co-authors must be students, and the first author must be a member of
the SAA. The paper must be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins and 12-pt font. Please do not submit
raw data unless they are to be presented as part of the paper itself. An average 15-minute paper is
approximately 8 pages long (double-spaced, not including references cited). Any paper longer than this
will be docked points.

The student must submit electronic copies of 1) a separate title page with name and full contact
information; 2) the conference paper containing slide call outs and references; and 3) pdfs of all
PowerPoint slides, with numbered captions, to be used in the oral presentation. Please DO NOT put your
name anywhere besides the cover sheet so that your paper may be reviewed anonymously by the
committee. Please send submissions to the committee chair.
The student must have a faculty or supervisory sponsor review the paper before the student submits it to
the Student Paper Award Committee. The faculty/supervisory sponsor must send an email to the
submission address at the time of paper submission saying that he/she has read and approved the paper
being submitted.

Evaluation: The Student Paper Award Committee anonymously judges papers on the 1) quality of
arguments presented; 2) quality of data used for support; 3) contribution to broader methodological or
theoretical issues in archaeology; 4) contribution to understanding a specific region or topic; 5) quality of
writing, paper structure, and length; and 6) quality, appropriateness, and number of graphics for a 15-
minute oral presentation. Please do not simply send an article you are submitting for publication; we
judge papers and visuals in the form in which they will be presented at the SAA meetings.
Nature of Award: The award winner or winners receives acknowledgment from the SAA President and
$1,000 worth of books and other prizes. In addition, the awardee(s) are recognized by the SAA through a
plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The SAA
Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website.

Committee Chair Contact Information: Send submissions to Lynn Fisher, Chair of the SAA Student
Paper Award Committee, at lfish1@uis.edu.

2015 SAA STUDENT POSTER AWARD
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2015
Who Is Eligible to Apply or Submit Nominations: All student members of SAA in good standing whose
poster abstract has been accepted by the SAA for the upcoming annual meeting are eligible to
participate. All co-authors must be students, and the first author must be a member of the SAA. All coauthors
receive the award.

Nomination/Submission Materials Required: The poster abstract must be accepted by SAA for the
upcoming annual meeting. All authors must be students for the poster to be eligible for the award. The
poster must be submitted to the Poster Award Committee Chair as an electronic entry (PDF preferred).
Selection or Evaluation Criteria: Committee members evaluate papers anonymously, scoring them on
a scale of 1-10 based on the following two weighted themes: presentation of information (70%) and the
originality and significance of research (30%). Posters that receive high scores for presentation of
information will have excellent graphics with large fonts and images, nice backgrounds, and good
readability from at least one meter, precise text, and logical flow to the information. Posters that receive
high scores for originality and significance of research should have focused problems, innovative
solutions, rigorous methodologies, and contributions to the theme of the session.

Nature of Award: The awardee receives $250. In addition, the awardee(s) are recognized by the SAA
through a plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The
SAA Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website. All coauthors
will receive the award and split the $250 prize.
Committee Chair Contact Information: Send submissions to Brett Houk, Chair of the SAA Student
Poster Award Committee, at brett.houk@ttu.edu.
 
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