AIA Awards

Graduate Student Paper Award

Archaeological Institute of America


2018 Graduate Student Paper Award winner Heba Abdelsalam

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Nomination Process

Graduate students are the future of our profession and contribute substantially to the success of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Meeting by delivering papers based on original research. Through its Graduate Student Paper Award the Archaeological Institute of America recognizes this contribution and encourages outstanding research by students.

Eligibility and General Information
Eligible students are predoctoral students in any discipline related to archaeology who have had a paper accepted by the Program for the Annual Meeting Committee for presentation at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the AIA and who have checked the box on the submission form indicating that they were interested in the award. Accepted papers should then be submitted by email and in their entirety to the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee for consideration for the award. The full written paper along with images must be received by December 1, 2019. In substance and form the paper that is delivered should be the same as that submitted.

Co-authored papers: We encourage collaborative work between students and will consider co-authored papers when all contributors hold student status. We are not able to accept papers with a senior scholar as co-author (anyone holding a PhD at the time of submission) since the committee cannot determine the amount of input from the student author(s).

The written paper and its oral and visual presentation will be judged for (1) originality, (2) concision and (3) delivery. Assessment of the presentation will not be affected either by technological format of presentation or by circumstances beyond the presenter’s control, but rather it will be judged by organization and rhetorical delivery. The selection committee consists of faculty and scholars who are members of the AIA.

The award will include a certificate of award and a prize consisting of books from multiple presses that exhibit at the annual meeting. The winner will be announced on the AIA website. A letter will be sent to the chair of the academic department at the winner’s institution announcing the award.

Submission Requirements

  • Submissions must be in 12 pt Times New Roman, double spaced, with 1″ margins
  • Presenter names should not appear on the submitted paper
  • Allotted presentation time should be included in the document immediately under the paper title
  • Paper length should be appropriate for the time slot allowed (ca. 2 minutes per page is a good rule of thumb). Any paper that exceeds the appropriate length will not be considered
  • Accompanying images must be submitted separately from the paper
  • Co-authored papers are accepted when all contributors hold student status

Text and images should be submitted by email as either a Word or PDF document to awards@archaeological.org.

Recipients


2018

Heba Abdelsalam

Middle Tennessee State University

Ms. Abdelsalam’s paper, “Approaches for Protecting Cultural Heritage Sites: Mallawi Museum Case Study” presented a well-researched and creatively designed public archaeology project to reshape entrenched sentiments about local cultural heritage in Mallawi, Egypt (ancient Hermopolis).

Ms. Abdelslalam’s project integrated living history –in the form of actors speaking to visitors at the regional tombs– with community craft days at the Mallawi museum to showcase the connections between craft traditions past and present, from weaving and basket making to pottery production. Although largely targeting school age children, the blend of approaches reached a broader demographic, including adult business owners. Ms. Abdelsalam’s innovative approach circumvented thorny issues of religious identity and ethnicity to focus instead upon the ways in which the ancient and modern communities were connected by agricultural traditions and craft practice. In this way, her work offers a successful model for future outreach programs among local communities.

For her outstanding work in the protection of cultural heritage, one of the core missions of the Archaeological Institute of America, Heba Abdelsalam well deserves the AIA’s 2018 Graduate Student Paper award.


2017

Chelsea Gardner (First Prize)


2017

Laure Marest-Caffey (Honorable Mention)


2016

Andrea Brock (First Prize)


2016

Danielle Smotherman Bennett (Honorable Mention)


2015

Johanna Boyer (First Prize)


2015

Rachel Kulick (Honorable Mention)


2014

Christopher Hale


2013

Annemarie Catania


2012

Margaret M. Andrews (First Prize)


2012

Allison Emmerson (Honorable Mention)


2011

Natalie Abell


2010

John (Mac) Marston (First Prize)

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, the Archaeological Institute of​ America is pleased to award to John Marston of the University of California, Los Angeles, the first prize for the best graduate student paper delivered at the 111th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of​ America held in Anaheim, California, January 6-9, 2010.

The winning paper was entitled “Agricultural Strategies and Risk Management at Gordion”. The all around excellence of Mr. Marston’s paper and presentation were noteworthy. Most impressive was the integration of the archaeological and environmental evidence into a convincing and cogent scientific argument. His presentation demonstrated a synthesis of word and image that kept the audience engaged and interested. The question and answer session that followed showed the enthusiasm for his paper but also proved his ability to respond extemporaneously in meaningful and thoughtful ways.


2010

Stephanie Pearson (Honorable Mention)

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to award to Stephanie Pearson of the University of California, Berkeley, an honorable mention for the best graduate student paper delivered at the 111th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in Anaheim, California, January 6-9, 2010.

The paper was entitled “From the (Back)ground Up: Sculptural Technique and Content in Gandharan Relief”. In Ms. Pearson’s presentation she demonstrated perceptive insights and observations about known and published material making plausible and convincing arguments from a fresh perspective. Her excellent discussion of sculptural technique built a persuasive argument to support a new theory of the dissemination of artistic technique.


2009

Marcie Handler

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to award to Marcie Handler of the University of Cincinnati, the first prize for the best graduate student paper delivered at the 110th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in Philadelphia, January 8-11, 2009.

The winning paper is entitled “Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Evidence for the Practice of Magic in Hellenistic Athens”. Ms. Handler’s paper was a lucid and lively presentation of personal ritual. The combination of ceramic, faunal, and epigraphic evidence made for an entirely convincing interpretation and one that provided great and original insight into ancient curses in what is to date a unique social context. Her thorough command of the evidence and her dynamic presentation should result in a significant publication.


2009

Panagiota A. Pantou

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to award to Panagiota A. Pantou of the University at Buffalo–The State University of New York, the first prize for the best graduate student paper delivered at the 110th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in Philadelphia, January 8-11, 2009.

The winning paper is entitled “Mycenaean Dimini in Context: Discussing Settlement Types and Socioeconomic Complexities in Late Bronze Age Greece”. In this paper, Ms. Pantou demonstrated a thorough and professional presentation of evidence that was both compelling to those well versed in the subject and easily understood by non-specialists. Her offering of a new paradigm for Bronze Age economic and political organization based solely upon data from excavation challenged beliefs currently held and did so in a persuasive but non-confrontational way. Such work is how scholarship should be and displays great promise for publication.


2008

Stephan Zink

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Awards Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to award to Stephan Zink of University of Pennsylvania, the first prize for the best student paper delivered at the 109th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in Chicago, January 3-6, 2008.

The winning paper is entitled “Augustus’ Temple of Apollo on the Palatine: A New Reconstruction.” This paper demonstrated the qualities that the committee seeks in evaluating graduate student presentations. It was based on original observation of an important monument and was succinct and lucid in its presentation. Mr. Zink provided excellent graphics that forcefully and logically advanced the argument and were accompanied by a spoken presentation that balanced formal organization with informal rhetoric. This paper promises publication and exemplifies the highest of professional standards.


2007

Philip Sapirstein (First Prize)

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Awards Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to award to Philip Sapirstein of Cornell University, the first prize for the best student paper delivered at the 108th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in San Diego, January 4-7, 2007.

The winning paper is entitled “Potters and Disk Acroteria in Archaic Greek Architecture.” The committee praised Mr. Sapirstein for his highly original content, succinct and lucid presentation, and excellent graphics that forcefully and logically advanced the argument.


2007

Mont Allen (Honorable Mention)

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Awards Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to give Mont Allen of the University of California at Berkeley honorable mention in the competition for the best student paper delivered at the 108th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in San Diego, January 4-7, 2007.

His paper was entitled “Bridled in Bronze: The Prominence of the Horse on the Parthenon Frieze”. The committee recommended Mr. Allen for his concise and carefully illustrated argument of a controversial and much studied subject, his original interpretation, and his ability to provoke discussion.


2006

Elizabeth R. Macaulay Lewis (First Prize)

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Awards Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to award to Elizabeth R. Macaulay of the Department of Archaeology, Oxford University, the first prize for the best student paper delivered at the 107th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in Montreal, January 5-8, 2006.

The winning paper is entitled “The Role of Ollae Perforatae in Ancient Roman Garden Design and Ancient Plant Trade in the Vesuvian Region.”  The committee praises Ms. Macaulay for the rhetorical and visual clarity of her presentation, its clear organization, the pursuit of the implications of the research across many dimensions of garden studies, and for the originality of its method and interpretation.


2006

Nathan T. Elkins (Honorable Mention)

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Awards Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to give Nathan Elkins of the Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia honorable mention in the competition for the best student paper delivered at the 107th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in Montreal, January 5-8, 2006.

His paper was entitled “The Function and Distribution of the Flavian Colosseum Sestertii: Currency or Largess?” The committee recommended Mr. Elkins for the clarity and originality of his presentation, its careful organization and argumentation of the many dimensions of his study, and the excellent handout accompanying it.


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