Student Paper Competition

Competition Requirements

  1. To submit a paper to the competition, the student must first register for the Conference, chosing “yes” for submitting an abstract.
  2. The student must submit an abstract between January 1 and February 28, 2017.
  3. Full papers should be submitted via email email to Michael Eissinger, by April 15, 2017.
  4. Papers submitted to the competition must be presented at the SWAA Annual Conference of the same year. The submitted paper may not differ substantially from the presentation.  (See below for guidelines on the written and presented versions.)
  5. Only single-authored papers are allowed.
  6. The author must be an undergraduate or graduate student and must be enrolled in a college or university at the time when the paper is presented at the SWAA Annual Conference.
  7. Entries to the competition must be submitted by the following date:

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2017

Submit papers by email to Michael Eissinger.

You can also contact Michael Eissinger with any questions.

Criteria for Evaluation of Student Papers

  1. The submitted paper should be approximately 12-15 double-spaced pages long. You should not submit a paper that is significantly longer or shorter. The written paper should be edited for presentation at the annual meeting. You will have approximately 20 minutes for your presentation. It will take approximately 20 minutes to present a written script of about 7-8 pages, depending on your speaking speed. While this means that the presented version will be significantly shorter than the written version, SWAA policy requires that the presented version is consistent with the content of the written version.
  2. The paper must have a statement of purpose, theme, or problem. The paper may be based on fieldwork or on a literature search. It may add data, illuminate previously collected data, or explore linkages of ideas. Tell the reader what you think you are doing in a clear introduction to the paper.
  3. The paper must be placed in a context—preferably anthropological, broadly defined. You must show the connection of your topic to anthropology. To do so, you should employ a literature search, even if small.
  4. The paper must specify, however briefly, the methods used.
  5. The body of the paper must be organized. The paper must be clearly connected to the statement of purpose, theme, or problem. Progress clearly from one idea to another. Relate ideas to evidence, either from data or from other references.
  6. The paper must spell out a conclusion that has a clear and solid connection to the theme, problem, or purpose described in the introduction. Describe what you think you have found—what contribution you think you have made. If your results are unexpected, explain why. Unpredictability and serendipity are common in anthropology and may well add to the strength of your paper.
  7. The paper must conform to accepted standards of English prose in grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation and must be properly proofread. The Chicago Manual of Styleis the preferred tool for style and referencing (the AAA no longer produces the AAA Style Guide).