The SMA offers conference travel support to five SMA graduate students, who have had abstracts accepted to the annual meeting of the AAA. The awards will be given out at the SMA Business Meeting during the AAA meeting in the form of $500 checks. Eligibility is restricted to student members of the SMA, who are presenting papers or posters at the AAA meeting.

Applications should include the following:

  1. Proof of current SMA student membership.
  2. Copy of the conference abstract.
  3. Proof of acceptance of the abstract.
  4. Recommendation letter from an advisor (directly sent by the recommender as an email attachment to roedlach@creighton.edu) .

Awards will be evaluated based on significance, innovation, and clarity of the submitted abstract, as well as the strength of the letter of support from the advisor, who should discuss the significance of the to-be-presented work. If students applying for this award co-author their poster or paper abstract with a faculty or professional anthropologist, a higher standard is expected. If students are co-authoring a poster or paper with another student, then the single award will be split between the two, should the abstract be selected.

Please compile supporting materials 1-3 in a single file and save it in PDF format. Email these materials and any direct inquiries to the SMA Student Travel Award committee at roedlach@creighton.edu . The deadline for submissions is yearly on September 24. Awardees will be notified by October 2.