The American Association of Physical Anthropologists sponsors the following awards and opportunities for its members.

The highest professional honors bestowed by the AAPA are:

AAPA Awards

  • The AAPA Communication & Outreach Award is awarded annually to honor individuals for their outstanding public communication and educational outreach efforts in the field of biological anthropology.

AAPA Grants

Funded Programs

  • Committee on Diversity IDEAS (Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Anthropological Sciences) Program includes a day-long science and mentoring workshop for undergraduate and graduate students at the AAPA meetings, networking events throughout the meeting, and a virtual mentoring network throughout the year. IDEAS Student Scholars receive travel funding.
  • Committee on Diversity Undergraduate Research Symposium provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research in a poster symposium during the annual meeting and to graduate students to serve as reviewers and mentors for the symposium.  A limited number of travel awards are made based on the application materials.

AAPA Student Awards

  • Student Presentation Awards. The AAPA awards seven prizes to outstanding student poster and podium presentations at the annual meeting. The first author of the presentation must be the student.

Getting involved in the AAPA

  • Early Career Liaison to the Executive Committee provides the opportunity for a recent PhD AAPA member to become involved with the governances of the association and to bring to the Executive Committee issues of interest and concern to members in their early careers.
  • Student Liaison to the Executive Committee is tasked with increasing student participation, co-chairing the ad hoc student committee, bringing to the Executive committee issues of interest and concern to the student members and assisting the Career Development Committee and the Auction Committee in planning and implementation.  
  • Ethics Fellows Program is intended to raise the level of ethical literacy among the AAPA membership and to provide interested members—particularly those early in their careers—an opportunity to engage actively with the Ethics Committee and gain experience with ethics educational and research projects.
  • Auction Donors and Volunteers are always needed.  Donating items for the silent and live auction, bidding on items and volunteering at the auction are all a fun way to support student travel awards.
  • Volunteering. There are many additional ways to become involved in the AAPA and all members are encouraged to become involved. 

Outreach Opportunities

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