The IDEAS 2024 AABA Workshop will be held in person on Wednesday March 20th, 2024.

The IDEAS Program's AABA workshop provides a team, a space, and a suite of activities to engage issues of scholarship, professional preparation, and community building. The workshop includes 15 IDEAS Student Scholars (both undergraduate and graduate), 9 IDEAS Faculty Scholars (postdoctoral researchers, adjunct faculty, early career full-time faculty, and advanced career faculty), and 6 IDEAS Core Faculty. The day-long meeting includes scientific presentations, individual and group-level mentoring opportunities, and an introduction to tools, resources, and practices to help meet the challenges and opportunities faced by underrepresented scholars in biological anthropology and allied disciplines (i.e., biology, sociology, etc.). Student Scholars will also be matched with a Meeting Mentor who will provide mentorship before and during the annual meeting.

The new IDEAS Faculty Scholars program will allow selected faculty to engage in the day-long Wednesday workshop, attend a faculty-specific break-out session, and connect with peer mentorship circles both during and after the program.

Throughout the duration of the AABA meetings, IDEAS Scholars will have access to the IDEAS Program Lounge/Café where participants past and present can congregate and network in addition to attending specific scheduled networking events.

All IDEAS Student Scholars will receive $650 towards their travel costs, a $250 additional travel stipend, and AABA meeting registration fee waivers. Faculty Scholars will receive a $250 stipend to cover the cost of their additional night’s lodging. Childcare is also available free of charge for student and faculty participants throughout the AABA meetings.

Many thanks to the National Science Foundation, Biological Anthropology Program, for funding the IDEAS Program!


Fill out the Faculty Scholars application by Monday, October 9th, 2023 by 5pm Eastern. Applicants must be postdoctoral researchers/adjunct faculty, early career full-time faculty, and advanced career faculty) in programs in biological anthropology or related disciplines.

Fill out the Student Scholars application by Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 by 5pm Eastern. Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students in biological anthropology or related disciplines. Complete applications must include a letter of reference, due by Monday, November 13th, 2023, and sent directly to [email protected].

We will announce Faculty Scholar decisions by mid-November and Student Scholar decisions by mid-January. 

about applications or the workshop? Please contact us at [email protected]

Organized by the IDEAS Program Core Faculty (in alpha order):
Susan Antón ([email protected])

Jada Benn Torres ([email protected])

Graciela Cabana ([email protected])

Agustín Fuentes ([email protected])

Ripan Singh Malhi ([email protected])

Zaneta Thayer ([email protected])

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