Honors and Awards

At the end of the academic year, outstanding anthropology majors are selected for awards in various categories.

  • The Irwin Press Paper Award in Medical Anthropology: Given to students who have produced a quality paper outlining research in medical anthropology. 
  • The Father Patrick Gaffney Integrative Anthropology Paper Award: Given to a student who has written a paper that crosses traditional boundaries and draws from a range of different areas of scholarship in an effort to develop a fuller, even if sometimes messier, understanding of being and becoming human. 
  • James McKenna and Joanne Mack Promising Anthropology Major Award: Awarded to a first and second year student with outstanding early performance in the major.
  • The Julian Samora Award: Awarded to the student who has demonstrated broad engagement with academic life.
  • The Carolyn Nordstrom Professional Achievement Award: Awarded to the student with outstanding performance in academic publication, presentation at professional meetings, grants, and fellowships.
  • Lambda Alpha Honors Society: Lambda Alpha is the national honors society for anthropologists. Notre Dame became the Beta Chapter of Indiana in 1981. Its purposes are to promote interest in the study of anthropology, to recognize outstanding student performance, and to encourage scholarship and research in anthropology.  Membership and Fees

2021 Honors and Award Winners

  • The Irwin Press Paper Award in Medical Anthropology: Nyakeh Tuchscherer for her paper "Economic and Social Strategies for Survival among Communities of People with Albinism in Tanzania"
  • The Father Patrick Gaffney Integrative Anthropology Paper Award: Rose McKeon for her paper "Left Over or Left For?" regarding educated unmarried women in China
  • James McKenna and Joanne Mack Promising Anthropology Major Award: Analina Barnes and Kiera Mermejo-Varga
  • The Julian Samora Award: Abigail Stokes
  • The Carolyn Nordstrom Professional Achievement Award: Alyssa McGrath
  • Anthropology Honor Society of Lambda Alpha, Beta Chapter of Indiana: Jon Christian Boekhout, Rhea Desouza, Cameron Dowd, Emma Downing, Katherine Franz, Matthew Kirchmier, Maxwell Lander, Orry Marciano, Sara Meyer, Courtney Mitchell, Mary Clare Morley, Gabriel Ramos, Cristina Ruiz, Nicole Skora, Josiah Spencer, Ursulina Tomczak, Noémi Toroczkai, and Nyakeh Tuchscherer

Past award winners