The AABA has long recognized the important contributions made to our discipline by students. Their work reflects the promise and future of our field. Conferring awards for outstanding presentations delivered at the annual meeting celebrates innovative and rigorous research by young scholars. We urge all students eligible for an award to submit an application.
AABA Student Awards:
Eligibility: To be eligible for a prize, a paper or poster must meet the following criteria:
[Please note that only abstracts submitted for the October 15 deadline are eligible. Abstracts submitted for other types of symposia (e.g. workshop or the undergraduate student research symposium) do not fall under the purview of this competition.]
You will need the following information to submit your application:
Deadline to enter the 2024 competition is March 1, 2024.
Review and Decisions: The Student Program Committee judges the written summaries and the visual/oral presentations given at the AABA meetings for quality of ideas and clarity of presentation. Prizes are awarded at the Closing and Awards Reception on the last evening of the Annual Meetings. The value of the each award is $500. Everyone who enters the competition will receive a short review of their presentation from one of the judges.
Further information may be obtained from the Student Programs Committee Chair Dr. Chelsey Juarez.
For decades, student awards for outstanding podium and poster presentations were conferred based on the type of presentation delivered by the student and in honor of past leaders of the AABA. In 2019, the Executive Committee of the AABA, based on discussion over several years and with input from standing committees and our membership, voted to change the names of student prizes to better reflect the core values and ethical responsibilities of our discipline, and to celebrate the increasing number of student contributions to the scientific content of our meetings.
We do not by this decision attempt to erase historical scholarship, the use of which we anticipate will continue with a critical eye, as we seek to build an inclusive and equitable science. Nor do we intend to erase or neglect to recognize the role individuals, and our association, played in the active production of racist science. Rather, we wish to celebrate student achievement that implicitly and explicitly reflects core values of the current and future AABA.
Hence, the AABA Executive Committee will bestow all AABA-supported awards as American Association of Biological Anthropologists Awards for Outstanding Student Presentation and the American Association of Biological Anthropologists Honorable Mentions for Student Presentation. Endowed awards, awards supported by journals and publishers, along with awards co-sponsored with other organizations, will remain unchanged in name. As always, all awards will be announced and celebrated during the closing reception of the AABA Annual Meeting.
For an excellent poster or podium presentation on bones or teeth:
For an excellent poster or podium presentation on primatology:
For an excellent poster or podium presentation on human or primate evolution:
For excellent poster and podium presentations that are judged to best implement either traditional or state-of-the-art anatomical methodologies in innovative anthropological research (subject to co-funding by the Association of Anatomists):
There are many more excellent student poster and podium presentations than we have named awards. As the result, a number of Honorable Mention Prizes are awarded each year to celebrate strong scholarship:
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