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The Southern Anthropological Society is holding its annual student research paper competition for the meetings Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 19-22, 2018. A graduate and an undergraduate paper author(s) will be announced at the meetings and the winners will be awarded a cash prize of $200.00. Winning papers will also be published and archived on the SAS website. 

Submissions from all subfields of anthropology are welcomed. The paper should be based on original fieldwork, or original analysis of data collected by others, or original analysis of existing published research or theory. The papers do not have to relate directly to the conference theme. Papers should be no more than 25 pages (excluding diagrams, notes, and references); double-spaced, 11-12-point type, with one-inch margins. 

To enter the competition, students must send the completed paper as an email attachment to the Student Paper Competition Committee Chair, Dr. Vinnie Melomo ).  Please contact him with any questions about the competition.  The deadline for submitting completed papers to Dr. Melomo for the competition is MARCH 16, 2018.

To be eligible for the competition, students must also have their paper abstract accepted for their subsequent presentation at the meetings. They should copy and complete the Abstract form found at the end of the SAS Annual Meeting by the EXTENDED ABSTRACT DEADLINE OF MARCH 10, 2018, and email as an attachment to Dr. Betty J Duggan ( ) AND Dr. Lyn Miles ( ). They must also pay the combined annual membership/registration dues (for students) online by going to the SAS website under About SAS and then Membership.

Internship and Field Training In Peru

The Center for Social Well Being celebrates 17 consecutive years providing our intensive field training course on interdisciplinary qualitative field methods that include Spanish and Quechua language learning in the Peruvian Andes. The combined undergraduate and graduate level seminar is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in field investigation that emphasizes Participatory Action Research methodology and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of SocioEnvironmental Sustainability and integrated Well Being in environmental, family and community spheres, that address civic and policy issues of Health, Education, Social Justice, Agrobiodiversity, Climate Change and Community Organization. Students actively engage in ongoing endeavors in local agricultural communities to develop effective social interaction field abilities and required language skills to carry out their own research, as well as for placement with appropriate community programs, if desired. Also included are excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. The training program tuition includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, as well as course materials.
The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D. and Field Coordinator, Flor de María Barreto Tosi, Ecologist. This year’s field assistant is alumnus Samuel K. Hulsey, Environmental Scientist, Middle Tennessee State University.   
 Program Dates:  July Field Seminar: Sunday July 8th – Wednesday July 25th 
Application Deadline: April 20th 2018
 For an application: OR  
Summer Program on Surfing and Sustainability: Political Ecology in Costa Rica


Field Schools 

For an extensive list of  Field School and Internship opportunities, check the American Anthropology Association website.

 Professional Organizations



Promising Job Market for Anthropology PhDs

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in June of 2012 that of all, yes all occupations tracked by the BLS, jobs for anthropologists (to include sub-fields, especially archaeology) are expected to grow more that all other occupations combined, a staggering 21% over the next 8 years, with all other social science related fields projected to grow 18%....The job market for anthropologists has never been better, more diversified, or more lucrative (no matter flavor of filthy lucre you favor – cash money, benefits, tenure of one shade or another, world travel, adoring students, stacks of papers to grade, etc. and then some and so on)."  (excerpt from L. Angelina Howell's blog)


“Do you wonder what you will do after graduation? Check out the eAnthroGuide! Look for the hundreds of graduate programs listed, both within the US and internationally and you can search by location, degrees, and many other criteria. Find your perfect grad school fit! Search for field schools. Develop a list of organizations, museums, and non-profits that hire anthropologists. Just visit and search today!