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William S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award Essay question announced (2011)

by Ed Hagen last modified Sep 27, 2010 06:56 PM
This is an award of $500 in honor of Dr. William S. Pollitzer. It is designed to help students defray the costs of attending the AAPA meetings. Student qualifications: This award is open to all AAPA student members (undergraduate and graduate). You do NOT have to be giving a paper to compete or receive an award.

Essay topic:

 

In the age of personalized genomics, genetic ancestry testing, and medical genetic testing, do disciplines such as osteology, paleontology, primatology, human adaptation, etc., have relevance anymore for understanding modern human evolution and biology?

 

The essay can be no more than 750 words long (not including references). It will be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word file. Any submission over 750 words will be automatically disqualified. The essay will be sent to Professor Fuentes (afuentes(at)nd.edu) by January 20, 2011. Students should follow up the e-mail with the attached essay by a regular e-mail alerting Dr. Fuentes to the fact that the essay was sent. Students should expect to receive within 24 hours an e-mail acknowledging receipt of the essay.

 

Essay evaluation and scoring procedures:

 

The AAPA student prize committee will evaluate each submission with an identification number to mask 

authors’ identities. When distributed to the judges, each essay will be identified by a number assigned by the 

committee chair. The scoring criteria are: 

 

Essay evaluation and scoring procedures: 

The AAPA student prize committee will evaluate each submission with an identification number to mask 

authors’ identities. When distributed to the judges, each essay will be identified by a number assigned by the 

committee chair. The scoring criteria are: 

 

  1. Clarity and focus. 45 points possible  
  2. Originality of thought and insight. 45 points possible  
  3. Grammar and spelling. 10 points possible  

 

The average scores from all judges will be used as the basis for deciding the winners of the award, with the 

AAPA Executive Board giving final approval of the committee’s recommendation.  

 

 

The average scores from all judges will be used as the basis for deciding the winners of the award, with the 

AAPA Executive Board giving final approval of the committee’s recommendation.  

 
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