The SMA announces this year's competition for the W.H.R. Rivers Undergraduate Student Paper Prize.

The W. H. R. Rivers Prize will be given for an outstanding paper in medical anthropology written by an undergraduate student. The names of the winners (and of their mentoring professors, if appropriate) will be announced at the SMA Awards Ceremony during the AAA Annual Meetings.

Please encourage your students to apply!

Papers must have been written while the applicant was a student, in this or the preceding academic year only. The prize carries a $250 cash award, and the journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly (MAQ) will have the right of first refusal on winning manuscripts.

Please send materials to the organizing chair, Mary Anglin at by July 1, 2017.

All submissions must be electronic. Papers should not exceed 20 double- spaced pages, not including bibliography. To support blind review, no identifying information or acknowledgments should be contained in the manuscript. Only the paper’s title should appear prior to the text on page 1.

Submitted papers should be accompanied by a cover letter containing (1) the paper title; (2) the competition into which it is being entered (Rivers); (3) author details (including information on student status and relevant advisor’s name, if any); and (4) contact information, including postal mailing address, phone number, and email address. The committee chair will send the submitted paper and the cover letter to the relevant subcommittee members.

Notification of competition results will be made in Fall 2017. It is the entrant’s responsibility to keep the prize coordinator updated as to any change in his or her email contact information. If you are the winner and cannot be contacted, you will forfeit the prize.

We look forward to receiving excellent papers and to celebrating the achievements of undergraduate students!


Mary K. Anglin, PhD, MPH
Department of Anthropology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0024

phone: 859-257-1051
fax: 859-323-1959

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