Dr. Susan E. Keefe Award for Practicing Anthropology

Each year the Department of Anthropology may award one or more students the Dr. Susan E. Keefe Award for Practicing Anthropology, named in honor of one of the founding professors (and a former chair) of the department. This award recognizes students who contribute and/or have the potential to contribute in a significant way to solving problems using anthropological theories and methods. This can include volunteer work in communities and other extra-curricular activities as well as participation in research, internships, laboratories, or fieldwork courses that make a contribution to real world practice.

This award will be given to students majoring in a subfield of anthropology who have achieved significant merit in practicing anthropology and have plans for future application of anthropology in the real world. Examples are applied research project, community outreach, formal internship, extraordinary experience.

Awards will be based on academic excellence, depth and extent of praxis work, and the application statement. 

Application Guidelines

  • Provide your CV or resume that includes your name, e-mail address, anthropology degree concentration, and academic year (e.g. junior, senior, etc.)
  • Typed application letter (approximately two pages single spaced) that describes in full your practice of anthropology (as described above). The letter should also address how your study of anthropology has contributed to this practice. Reflect on the real world difference you have made in your work. What makes this work anthropological?
  • If your work is extra-curricular, please submit documentation (e.g. news article with your name mentioned) or the name and telephone number of a reference

Past Recipients

  • 2005-2006 Justin Scarborough
  • 2006-2007 Henry Blackford
  • 2007-2008 Jaime Lockard
  • 2008-2012 [no award given]
  • 2012-2013 Tiffany Pardue
  • 2013-2014 Michael Story
  • 2014-2015 Charles Wickboldt
  • 2015-2016 Ricki Draper
  • 2016-2017 Ricki Draper
  • 2017-2018 Evangeline Giaconia and Abigail Rubio
  • 2018-2019 Olivia Elliott 
  • 2019-2020 Gabby Timbrook 
  • 2020-2021 Caroline Boerger 
  • 2021-2022 Rowan Tackitt