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Honors & Awards

Anthropology faculty and graduate students have a distinguished record of research, publication, and teaching that is recognized by numerous awards at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Anthropology is a campus leader in the number of Outstanding Dissertation Awardees, and a number of our graduate students have been recognized as outstanding Graduate Assistants in the Core Curriculum. We are very proud of these awardees.



The high quality of our graduate program is also reflected in the University awards earned by our students. One doctoral graduate in the University is given the SIU Carbondale Richard and Donna Falvo Outstanding Dissertation Award and one the Outstanding Thesis Award each year. The winners from Anthropology are:

Gauri Pitale, 2018, Outstanding Dissertation Award

Lindsey G. Roberts, 2014, Outstanding MA Thesis Award

Phillip Wanyerka, 2010, Outstanding Dissertation Award

Elliott Forsythe, 2008, (Honorable Mention), Outstanding MA Thesis Award

David Goldstein, 2008, Outstanding Dissertation Award

Jacqueline Prime, 2006, (Honorable Mention), Outstanding MA Thesis Award

Matthew A. Tornow, 2005, Outstanding Dissertation Award

Kevin Schwartz, 2004, (Honorable Mention), Outstanding Dissertation Award

Ron Rich, 2003, (Honorable Mention), Outstanding Dissertation Award

Haagen Klaus, 2002, Outstanding MA Thesis Award

Keith Prufer, 2002, Outstanding Dissertation Award

Timothy Pugh, 2001, Outstanding Dissertation Award

Penelope McLorg, 2000, Outstanding Dissertation Award

Warren Anderson, 1997, Outstanding Dissertation Award

Liming Zhou, 1996, Outstanding Dissertation Award

Bruce Masse, 1989, Outstanding Dissertation Award



One graduate assistant in the University is awarded the Outstanding Graduate Assistant in the University Core Curriculum each year, an award given over the last decade. The winners from Anthropology, all outstanding instructors, include:

Daniel Bauer, 2007

Christopher "Chip" Perkins, 2005

Michael Hernandez, 2004

William Duncan, 2002



Award Winner Rosie Crow

Rosie Crow, a master’s student studying Native American cultures of the eastern U.S., was the 2013 winner of the Rice Graduate Research Award.

Rosie’s paper “Catawba Clay: Using Geochemical Methods to Access Identity” compared clay exploitation patterns of pre- and post-Revolutionary War period Catawba Indian potters living in South Carolina.

Award winners Nate Meissner and Katie SouthNate Meissner and Katie South, both doctoral students studying Mesoamerican archaeology, were the winners of the 2010 Rice Graduate Research Award.

Their paper, “Figurines of the Formative Mixtec: Ritual Politics and the Body,” investigates the embodiment of fired-clay figurines from the Formative Mixtec site of Tayata, Mexico.

Juan RodriguezJuan Rodriguez, a doctoral student from Venezuela, was the 2009 winner of the Rice Graduate Research Award.

Juan’s essay, “Greetings, Feelingful Connections and Political Meetings in the Orinoco Delta,” explores the nature of communication during political meetings surrounding elections among the indigenous populations of the Orinoco Delta region of Venezuela. Juan completed his dissertation on this topic.