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 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.
Presented to an undergraduate student who has shown exceptional dedication to the Department of Anthropology through service. Selected by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Committee.
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 Scholarship 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.
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:
Applications for the 2018 award cycle are now open. Please
submit all applications and accompanying materials by March 23,
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.
The Justin Van Ness Award is awarded to a senior majoring in Anthropology with documented active interest in the environment.
The Klein Family Student Scholarship in Honor to Viola
Odenheimer is awarded to an Anthropology major who has demonstrated
acdemic promise in the pre-medical/pre-dental concentration.
Current undergraduate majors in this concentration are welcome to
The Nathaniel Cantor Award is presented to a graduating
senior with documented plans to pursue work in social work or
The Undergraduate Professional Activities and Achievements
Award is presented to a graduating senior who has engaged in
professional activities as an undergraduate to an extent that it
warrants special recognition.
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
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.