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Anthropology Student Awards

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​Each year, the UD anthropology department presents a number of awards to our students at the Spring Celebration.​

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Juan A. Villamarin Leadership Award

In recognition of students for leadership and service to the UD anthropology community. Villamarin was professor and chair of the anthropology department. He placed a particular emphasis on the needs and merits of underrepresented and marginalized undergraduate students.​

Award Winner for 2024​

Sara Grelak

​Previous Juan A. Villamarin Leadership Award Recipients​

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Edwin C. Buxbaum Award

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In recognition of senior anthropology majors demonstrating academic excellence. Buxbaum was a formative faculty member in the establishment of the UD anthropology department. He researched sponge fisherfolk in Greece and in Greek immigrant communities in the United States.​

Award Win​ners for 2024

Catherine Carlson-Estes

Maxwell Poruban​

​Previous Edwin C​. Buxbaum A​ward: Award Recip​ients​

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Julian Steward Award

In recognition of jun​​ior anthropology majors demonstrating academic excellence. Steward was a twentieth-century American anthropologist best known for work on ecology and culture change.​

Award Winners for 2024​

Jamie Milby

​Previous Julian Stew​ard Award Recipients

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Barbara Hughes Award

In recognition of sophomore anthropology majors demonstrating academic excellence. Hughes majored in both anthropology and sociology at UD and was a justice of the peace in New Castle County for several decades.​

Award Winner for 2024

Akimah Kumar

​Previous Barbara Hughes Award Recipients

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Student Research and Travel Funding

The UD anthropology department provides undergraduate students with funding for research and travel activities. In 2022, Amber Schlichtig received funds to participate in the Blackfriary Archaeology Field School in Ireland. In 2023, Keyaira Muflihi received funds to support her internship with a National Park Service project in northern Delaware. These are just two of the many undergraduate student projects that the department has supported through funding from the department’s (bold) Monica and Brand Fortner Endowment and the Peter M. Weil Travel Award. These funds help students conduct fieldwork, lab and archival research, art and writing projects, internships, and myriad other activities related to anthropology.​

Previous recipients of the Monica and Brand Fortner Endowment Awards​

Previous recipients of the Peter M. Weil Travel Awards​

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How to Ap​​ply

Students can apply for funding at any point during the year. To apply, students should email the Department Chair, Professor Peter Benson to indicate an interest in applying for funds. Students should also identify a faculty sponsor to serve as the supervisor for their project.​​

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Additional Funding Opportunities

The UD anthropology department encourages students to apply for other funding sources to support their anthropological studies and activities.​

The UD ​Center for Material Culture Studies Grants funds students that are pursuing a material culture-based internship, while the UD Institute for Global Studies Scholarship and Funding has several scholarship and funding opportunities for students pursuing international and cross-cultural work.​​

The UD Summer Scholars Program provides funding for students to conduct in-depth research or creative work in conjunction with a faculty member for ten weeks during the summer months. The UD Honors Enrichment Awards provide financial support for academic and professional pursuits. And the UD Plastino Scholars Program awards funding to UD undergraduate students to support self-designed, off-campus learning experiences.​

The anthropology department employs work-study​ eligible students for office and academic support work.​

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