Due Next Week! CMA & NASA student travel award applications due Aug. 15 and 17

Attention students, teachers, and mentors! There are two awards for student travel to this year's AAA due next week.

1) Our CMA Student Travel Award, due August 15, 2018

2) The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) Carrie Hunter-Tate Award, due August 17, 2018

Details below and attached!

CMA Student Travel Award, due August 15, 2018

The CMA Student Travel Awards are designed to support graduate student travel to the annual AAA meeting to present papers and/or posters. Students and recent graduate degree recipients (those who have defended within the year of the award) are eligible to apply. Each year, CMA will award two prizes of $500 each.

Application packets (maximum 5 pages) must include: a brief letter indicating the applicant’s student status and explaining how this project reflects the student’s graduate work; a copy of the abstract for the proposed paper or poster (and for the session in which they will be presenting, if known); and a letter of endorsement from an academic advisor at the student’s most recent institution of study.

Evaluation Criteria: 1) Creativity: Is the paper or poster a unique and novel contribution to museum anthropology? 2) Commitment: Does the student demonstrate a commitment to the field of museum anthropology 3) Impact: Does the paper or poster have the potential to develop into a work that could more broadly impact the field of museum anthropology?

Student Travel Award recipients will be presented with a check for $500 and a certificate of the award.


NASA Carrie Hunter-Tate Award, due August 17, 2018

2018 Carrie Hunter-Tate Award The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) warmly invites students to submit an application for the 2018 Carrie Hunter-Tate Award. The award honors the memory of Carrie HunterTate, a former officer who energetically devoted her time and talents to NASA until her untimely passing in 1995. To commemorate the spirit she dedicated to anthropology as a profession, NASA established the Carrie Hunter-Tate Award to honor student anthropologists who demonstrate a similar level of enthusiasm, passion, and service to anthropology.

The Carrie Hunter-Tate Award offers conference travel support to one student member attending the 117th meeting of the American Anthropological Association and is intended to expand the reach of the honoree’s research. The award will provide up to $500 for travel expenses associated with attending the annual meeting in the form of a reimbursement and will also reimburse basic annual meeting registration fees. 

All anthropology students (including international students) who are current members of NASA excluding currently elected or appointed NASA Officers are eligible to apply. Students who are not NASA members may apply for the Carrie Hunter-Tate Award but must join NASA prior to receiving the award if selected. To apply, all applicants must be nominated and must submit a complete application that consists of (1) transcripts from all universities attended (unofficial copies will be accepted); (2) a one to three page statement explaining what they believe to be the significance of anthropology and the direction of the field along with why they are qualified to receive the award; and (3) the following information: (a) full legal name; (b) university and year; (c) research interests; and (d) geographical area(s) of interest. 

Graduate student applicants must additionally submit a recent CV as part of their application. Students may be nominated by any current AAA Student Section Representative, by any current NASA member, or by any current AAA student member. Applicants may self-nominate if they are current AAA student members. 

The judgement criteria for the Carrie Hunter-Tate Award will be split equally between academic and professional achievements. Examples of academic achievements include – but are not limited to – class performance, receipt of academic scholarships and awards, publications and presentations, and scholarly research. Examples of professional achievement include – but are not limited to – service within professional organizations or departments, leadership positions within student anthropological groups, and community service in which anthropological issues are brought to the attention of the public. 

All application materials must be submitted via email to students.anthropology@gmail.com by Friday, August 17, 2018 11:59PM EST. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be notified by Friday, October 19, 2018.

For queries and further information, please contact the 2018 Awards Committee Chair (Peter Lee) at students.anthropology@gmail.com

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Diana E. Marsh

Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropological Archives

National Anthropological Archives

Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Institution

w (301) 238-1190 e marshd@si.edu