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Honors, Prizes and Awards

Departmental award recipients with faculty.

Anthropology majors are eligible for a number of SUNY, UB and departmental awards. Award recipients are announced during the spring semester and presented at the annual university and departmental awards celebrations.

SUNY and UB Awards

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

The highest student award. Candidates are selected by a UB committee based on overall GPA and activities, then forwarded to Albany where final SUNY-wide candidates are selected.

College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Outstanding Senior Commencement Award

The Director of Undergraduate Studies with members from the Undergraduate Committee select the best senior candidate based on GPA and university service and present the student's dossier to the CAS Dean.

Anthropology Department Awards

Lucia Maria Houpt Award

Presented to the outstanding graduating senior in the Department of Anthropology, based on GPA, departmental service and university-wide service. Selected by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Committee.

Marion Dickson Award for Outstanding Junior 

This award is given to a junior student based on overall and departmental GPA and departmental service. Selected by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Committee. 

Phyllis Hartrich Memorial Award

The Phyllis Hartrich Memorial Award supports independent undergraduate research. The award honors the memory of Phyllis Hartrich, who served for many years as the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Anthropology Department. A call for proposals for independent research is circulated to undergraduates each spring. The research project must be designed and carried out by students in consultation with their advisors. The award is designed to defray expenses directly related to research, including equipment and travel to research sites. No funds will be provided for travel to conferences or for research designed by a faculty member. Recipients of the award are selected by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in consultation with members of the Undergraduate Committee.
 

In the spring semester faculty and students are invited to put forth nominations for the below awards (self-nominations are encouraged). Final selections are made by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Committee:

  • Justin Van Ness Award is awarded to a senior majoring in Anthropology with documented active interest in the environment.
  • Klein Family Award is awarded to a graduating senior with documented plans to attend medical or dental school.
  • Nathaniel Cantor Award is awarded to a graduating senior with documented plans to pursue work in social work or vocational rehabilitation.
  • Undergraduate Professional Activities and Achievement in Anthropology Award is presented to a graduating senior who has engaged in professional activities as an undergraduate to an extent that it warrants special recognition.
  • Leadership Award is presented to an undergraduate student who has shown exceptional dedication to the Department of Anthropology through service.

Academic Recoginition

Latin Honors are bestowed by UB upon conferral of the degree. The honor designations include cum laude (“with praise;” cumulative GPA of 3.2), magna cum laude (“with great praise;” cumulative GPA of 3.5), or summa cum laude (“with highest praise;” cumulative GPA of 3.75).

Students may receive Honors in Anthropology by maintaining an overall 3.5 GPA or above and completing a senior thesis.

Phi Beta Kappa, established on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious liberal arts honors society. Outstanding junior and senior students are elected to the honors society by a committee of the Omicron Chapter at UB.