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William S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award Essay question announced (2012)

by Ed Hagen last modified Nov 04, 2011 07:37 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:

What important article is missing from the current literature in biological anthropology? Give the title and what you think its impact/benefit would be.

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) by January 20, 2012. 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:

  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.

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