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Conference Awards

The SfAA has made a great effort to recongnize students' excellence in academic and research within the Society by creating three student awards.
Each provides monies for conference attendence and paper presentation.
I spoke to the Peter K. New Award winner in Merida, Mexico and she stated that winning the award has opened a variety of opportunities that otherwise would be very difficult to pursue.

Just going through the application process provides you a wider audience for your research. I can not stress enough, what a wonderful opporunity these provide for you. So, take advantage!

* Note the following information about awards was taken directly from the SfAA web site.


Travel Awards:

Del Jones Travel Award: (http://www.sfaa.net/deljones/deljones.html)
Del Jones was a distinguished member of SfAA and an African American anthropologist who developed perspectives that could assist and transform the lives of oppressed and disadvantaged peoples.
Following his death in 1999, close friends and members of the Society established the Del Jones Memorial Fund.

This Fund supports a travel grant of $500 for a student to attend the annual meeting of the Society. The Society seeks to achieve greater diversity in its programs and activities, and the Del Jones Travel Award is directed toward increasing the participation of African Americans in the annual meeting program.

Who is eligible?
Individuals who have been enrolled as students during some part of the current year and who have submitted a paper abstract which has been accepted for the annual meeting program. Students who are presenting a poster are not eligible.
Following the contributions of Del's professional life, the abstract (and paper) should be concerned with efforts to assist and transform the lives of oppressed or disadvantaged people.

How to apply?
The applicant should submit a copy of her abstract along with a written statement not to exceed two, double-spaced pages. The statement should explain how participation in the annual meeting will further the professional goals of the applicant. The statement may also include information, which documents the interest of the applicant in efforts to transform the lives of disadvantaged peoples.

The application (abstract and statement) must be received at the SfAA Office no later than January 25. This deadline is firm. You may apply via E-mail (info@sfaa.net) or FAX (405/843-8553). The results of the competition will be announced on February 10.

2001 Del Jones Award Winner, Georgette King

The Edward H. and Rosamund B. Spicer Travel Awards:
The Spicer Student Travel Fund Awards commemorate the lifelong and very special concern of Edward H. and Rosamonde B. Spicer in furthering the maturation of students in the social sciences, both intellectually and practically, and their lifelong interest in the nature of community as both cause of, and solution to, problems in the human condition.

Two awards of $500 each are available to students who meet the eligibility qualifications.

Who is eligible?
Individuals who have been enrolled as students during some part of the current year and who have submitted a paper abstract for the Annual Meeting Program, which has been accepted. Students who are presenting a poster are not eligible.

If the abstract is co-authored, the student applying for the student travel award must have participated to a substantive degree in the research/writing.

The abstract (and paper) should be based on some concern for "community," broadly conceived. Preference will be given to student applicants who do not have another source of financial support.

How to apply?
The applicant should submit a copy of his abstract along with a written statement not to exceed two printed, double-spaced pages. This statement should explain how attendance and participation in the annual meeting would contribute to her professional development.

The application (statement and abstract) must be received at the SfAA Office no later than January 25. This deadline is firm. You may apply via E-mail (info@sfaa.net) or FAX (405/843-8553). The results of the competition will be announced on February 10.

2001 Spicer Award Winners, Rebecca Toupal and Alayne Unterberger
2002 Spicer Award Winners, Melissa A. Checker and Sarah M. Otterstrom

Research Awards:

Peter K. New Award
The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) announces an annual student research competition in the applied social and behavioral sciences. The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of $1000, a crystal trophy, and travel funds to attend the annual meetings of the SfAA.

The award honors the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist-anthropologist and former president of the SfAA. The award will be given to the best paper which reports on an applied research project in the social/behavioral sciences.

The issue of research question should be in the domain of health care or human services (broadly construed). The original and three copies of the paper must be submitted to the SfAA Business Office by December 30.

Eligibility
The Competition is open to any person who was registered as a student at the graduate or undergraduate level in a college or university during the calendar year, 2002. An eligible student is one who does not have a previously-earned doctoral degree. For example, a person with an M.D. degree who is registered as a student in a Ph.D. program is not eligible, and vice versa.

To be eligible, the manuscript should report on research that in large measure has not been previously published. The competition will be limited to manuscripts that have a single author; multiple-authored papers will not be eligible.

The winner of the Competition must be available to attend the annual meeting of the Society in Portland, Oregon (March 19-23) and present the paper. The winner is also expected to submit the paper to our journal, Human Organization, for review and possible publication.

Students who have previously won either first or second place in the Peter K. New Competition are not eligible in subsequent years.

Submission
The paper should be double-spaced and must be less than 45 pages in length (this includes footnotes, tables, and appendices). The paper should conform to the guidelines of conventional style manuals.

The original and four copies of the manuscript should be submitted. Applicants may transmit their manuscripts by facsimile in which case a fee for duplication will be assessed. The Competition will not accept manuscripts by electronic mail.

Topic
The research and the paper should use the social/behavioral sciences to address in an applied fashion an issue or question in the domain (broadly construed) of health care or human services.

Timetable
All submissions must be received in the Business Office of the Society by December 31, 2002. The judging for the Competition will begin in January.

The winner will be announced in early February of 2003. The winner will be recognized and the paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society in Portland, Oregon, March 19-23, 2003.

Criteria/Judging
The papers will be evaluated on the basis of the following general criteria:

  • Originality
  • Research design/method
  • Clarity of analysis and presentation
  • Contribution to the social/behavioral sciences

Prizes
The winner of the Competition will receive:

  • a cash prize of $1,000
  • sum of $350 to partially offset the cost of transportation and lodging at the annual meeting of the Society
  • a Steuben crystal trophy
Depending on the quality of the submissions, the jurors may elect to award a second and third place prize ($250 and $100, respectively).

Several winning manuscripts from previous years have been published. Potential applicants may wish to review these articles.

  • Devon D. Brewer, “Hip Hop Graffiti Writers’ Evaluations of Strategies to Control Illegal Graffiti,” Human Organization, volume 51, #2 (Summer, 1992), pp. 188-196. First Prize Winner, 1991.
  • Elizabeth L. Krause, “The Looking Glass of Historic Preservation in Micronesia: A Reflection of Modernization and Changing Values,” Human Organization, volume 51, #2 (Summer, 1992), pp. 197-201. Second Prize Winner, 1991.
  • Nancy Romero-Diaz, “Multiple Sexual Partners, Migrant Labor and the Makings of an Epidemic,” Human Organization, volume 53, #2 (Summer, 1994) pp. 192-205. First Prize Winner, 1993.
  • Peter Hessler, “Sikestown: An Ethnography of a Town and Its Youth,” Human Organization, volume 52, #3 (Fall, 1993), pp. 316-324. Second Prize Winner, 1992.
  • Gery W. Ryan , “Can We Predict What Mothers Do? Modeling Childhood Diarrhea in Rural Mexico,” Human Organization, volume 55, #1 (Spring, 1996), pp. 47-57. First Prize Winner, 1992.
  • Sandy Smith-Nonini, “Primary Health Care and its Unfulfilled Promise of Community Participation: Lessons from a Salvadoran War Zone,” Human Organization, volume 56, #3 (Fall, 1997) pp. 364-374. First Prize Winner, 1995.
  • Melissa A. Checker, “ ‘It’s In the Air’: Redefining the Environment as a New Metaphor for Old Social Justice Struggles,” Human Organization, volume 61, #1 (Spring, 2002) pp. 94-105. First Prize Winner, 1999.

* Please note above information about awards was taken directly from the SfAA web site.
You can find more information about each award at following websites:

  • The Del Jones Award at http://www.sfaa.net/deljones/deljones.html
  • The Edward H. and Rosamund B. Spicer Travel Awards at http://www.sfaa.net/spicer/spicer.html
  • The Peter K. New Award at http://www.sfaa.net/pknew/pknguide.html


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