Watson Smith Prize 2023: Call for Submissions

The Department of Anthropology announces its annual competition for the Watson Smith Prize for best student anthropology research paper. The cash award will be $250.00. If submissions merit it, there will be one prize given at the graduate student level and one prize given at the undergraduate student level. Prizes will be announced at commencement in May.

Please read through the following information before submitting your application for the Watson-Smith Prize. 


This call is open to graduate students and undergraduate concentrators in anthropology. Each student may submit only one paper. Previous winners will not be eligible.


Papers must be original, unpublished, and written (or significantly revised) during the 2022-23 academic year. Entries must be typed, double-spaced, and cannot exceed 8,000 words (inclusive of notes/references). Shorter papers are encouraged.


Papers will be judged by the following criteria:

·Originality of conception

·Definition of problem

·Use of evidence

·Awareness of assumptions

·Clarity of expression

The judges' committee will consist of two anthropology faculty members.

TO APPLY: Please fill out this form: Watson Smith Prize 2023 Application Form with your name, address, phone number, and upload your paper (please be sure to make your paper anonymous). 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, April 21st, 2023 at 5:00PM