Student Poster/Paper Award

Award: All students that submit for the prize will receive free student membership dues for the next two years! The award winner(s) will receive a $250 award, be invited to dinner at the next AAA meeting with the Distinguished Speaker and Howells prize winner, plus the award winner(s) will be published in the BAS column of the AAA newsletter, the BAS website, and recognized at the 2016 AAA meetings during the BAS business meeting.

Eligibility: The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of the BAS. The abstract and poster/paper must represent the original work of the student and the student must be the lead author. If the student is not the sole author, a short description of the percentage of contribution of each author must be submitted with the abstract.

Criteria: Posters and papers will be evaluated by members of the BAS Executive Committee using the following criteria: excellence in presentation, originality of topic, and intellectual and broader significance of the work.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit your poster/paper abstract to AAA following instructions provided in the January AAA Newsletter and online. By November 4, 2016 email your name, paper title, and session title to Sabrina Agarwal.


Past Awards


  • Winner: John C. Willman, Washington University, St. Louis. “Labret Use Among the Pavlovian Peoples of Mid Upper Paleolithic Central Europe: A New Interpretation of the Buccal Wear Facets at Brno III, Dolní Vestonice, Pavlov, and Predmostí.” (podium presentation).


  • Winners: Alanna Warner and Lauren Hosek, Syracuse University. “Enamel, Stone, and Gold: Probing Composite Mouths and Personhood in Nineteenth Century New York City” (paper).
  • Honorable Mention: Ashley Marie Franklin, Louisiana State University. “Comparison of Occlusal Area in Old and New World Monkeys: The Difference and Extra Premolar Makes” (paper).


  • Winner: Marc Kissel, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Testing Genetic Models of Human Evolutionary History against the Anthropological Record” (paper).
  • Honorable Mention: Jill E. Scott, University of Iowa. “A 3-D Morphometric Analysis of Mandibular Symphyseal Variation in Homo” (paper).


  • Winner: Michaela Howells, University of Colorado, Boulder. “You Just Have to Wait: The Impact of Marital Status on the Pregnancy Outcomes of Samoan Women”. With co-authors Richard Bender, Darna L. Dufour, John Ah Ching, and Bethal Mua’sau.


  • Winner: Meredith Ellis, Syracuse University. “A Disciplined Childhood: A Social Bioarchaeology of the Subadults of the Spring Street Presbyterian Church”. This paper is going to be published in an edited volume by Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta Alfonso-Durruty, John J. Crandall, Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity.
  • Honorable Mention: Valentine Volk, Cleveland State University. “A Preliminary Assessment of Health and Disease at the Late Woodland Mayer Site, Vermillion, Ohio”.


  • Winner: Allison Foley, Indiana University. “Disability and Disease in the Ancient Midwest: A Paleopathological Analysis of the Morton Site, IL”
  • Honorable Mention: Allison Cantor, University of South Florida. “Maternal Diet in Rural Costa Rica: Identifying Cultural Norms and Changing Trends with Implications for the Developmental Origins of Obesity-related Disorders” (poster).
  • Honorable Mention: Carolyn Jost Robinson, Purdue University. “Synergistic Human-Wildlife Relationships in a Protected Area: Ecological and Political Entanglements” (paper). With co-author Melissa Remis.
  • Honorable Mention: Mary Beth Timm, University of Nevada Las Vegas. “Fishing and Farming in the Desert: An Analysis of Sacro-iliac Entheses in a Bronze Age (C. 2200-2000 BC) Population” (paper). With co-authors Debra Martin and Jamie Vilos.


  • Winner: Molly Zuckerman, Emory University. “Making Sex Less Dangerous: Evaluating the Evolution of Virulence in Syphilis” (paper).
  • Honorable Mention: Matthew Nowak, Southern Illinois University. “Group size, social structure, and ranging in lar-gibbons: implications for the ecological constraints model” (poster).
  • Honorable Mention: Carrie Veilleux, University of Texas at Austin. “Habitat preference and nocturnal lemur color vision: implications for primate and human evolution” (paper).