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— Student Poster Award —

Current Committee Charge: The committee selects student recipients for the Poster Award. The award is presented to recognize excellence in the dissemination of archaeological knowledge through a poster presentation. The award is designed to promote interest and acceptance of the poster in the dissemination of archaeological research, to increase the quality of poster presentations, and to acknowledge recognize excellence in this valuable medium.

Committee Composition: Committee composition is one chair and at least two members.

Term Length: Term length is three years.

Award Cycle: Not applicable.

Committee Chair and End of Term: Gabriel D. Wrobel [2018]

*Committee Chair Contact Information: Gabriel D. Wrobel, Department of Anthropology,
Michigan State University, 408 Giltner Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824, Tel: (517) 353-2950,Email: wrobelg@msu.edu

Committee Members and Ends of Terms: Heather Richards-Rissetto [2018], Deborah L. Rotman [2018]

Committee on Awards Chair: Heather A. Lapham [2016]

Board Liaison to Award Committees: Tobi Brimsek

*Award Description: This award acknowledges the best student presentation of archaeological research in poster sessions. Student posters will be evaluated as electronic submissions made directly to the Student Poster Award committee.

*Who Is Eligible to Apply or Submit Nominations: All student members of SAA in good standing whose poster abstract has been accepted by the SAA for the upcoming annual meeting are eligible to participate. All co-authors must be students, and the first author must be a member of the SAA. All co-authors receive the award.

*Nomination/Submission Materials Required: The poster abstract must be accepted by SAA for the upcoming annual meeting. All authors must be students for the poster to be eligible for the award. The poster must be submitted to the Poster Award Committee Chair as an electronic entry no later than March 1, 2016.

*Nomination/Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016.

Other Special Requirements: None

Selection or Evaluation Criteria: Committee members evaluate papers anonymously, scoring them on a scale of 1-10 based on the following two weighted themes: presentation of information (70%) and the originality and significance of research (30%). Posters that receive high scores for presentation of information will have excellent graphics with large fonts and images, nice backgrounds, and good readability from at least one meter, precise text, and logical flow to the information. Posters that receive high scores for originality and significance of research should have focused problems, innovative solutions, rigorous methodologies, and contributions to the theme of the session.

Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue): The committee meets electronically after the submission deadline has passed.

Nature of Award (e.g. monetary, medal, symposium): The awardee receives $250. In addition, the awardee(s) are recognized by the SAA through a plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The SAA Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website. All co-authors will receive the award.

2016 Sponsor of the Student Poster Award: Elsevier B.V.

Sponsors of the Student Poster Award will be given a ribbon to be displayed at their booths during the annual meeting. The committee chair and/or members are responsible for distributing the ribbons at the meeting to the vendors who donate. The sponsors’ names will also appear in the annual Meeting Program.

Awardees, Students

2015    Jenna Kay Carlson

The 2015 SAA Student Poster Award was presented to Jenna Kay Carlson of the College of
William and Mary for her poster “Oxen at Oxon Hill Manor: Identifying Draught Cattle from the
Archaeological Record of Colonial Maryland.” Carlson's research marks an important step in
bringing methodologies developed and tested in Europe to the fore in zooarchaeological analyses
of New World assemblages. Carlson argues in her poster that, by identifying and understanding
the many roles that animals played at colonial North American sites, we can better understand the
intricacies of the plantation landscape. The study is important because of its ability to identify
draught animals in the archaeological record, and increased application of the methods can help to
verify the claims made in the historic documents of the increased importance of draught oxen
throughout the 18th century as the agricultural economy shifted from tobacco cultivation to the
production of ancillary crops.

2014    None

2013    G. Logan Miller

G. Logan Miller has earned the 2013 SAA Student Poster Award for his poster submission titled “Lithic Microwear Analysis of Hopewell Bladelets from Fort Ancient: Implications for Ritual Economy.” The poster presented a well-conceived research project that utilized microwear analysis on bladelets from various contexts, including domestic and ceremonial structure as well as other features. Wear patterns were compared to experimental tools in order to evaluate the potential materials that were worked at each locality. Within a ritual economy framework, he evaluated models of organization of production and exchange. From his microwear and contextual analysis, he concludes that ritual craft items were produced at earthworks. In addition, he suggests that different materials were worked at different group locations, which could reflect reciprocal exchange. This innovative research project provides a platform for future studies and contributes greatly to our understanding of craft production and exchange in Hopewell society

2012    None

2011    Alexander Smith and Danielle Raad

Alexander Smith and Danielle Raad have earned the 2011 SAA Student Poster Award for their poster submission entitled “The Metallurgy of Iron Mine Hill: The Use of Cumberlandite in Colonial Iron Artifacts from Rhode Island.” The poster presented original research on colonial iron artifacts from Rhode Island that utilized new technologies for examining the chemical signature of a particular local iron ore, cumberlandite. Iron artifacts from two archaeological sites, Green Farm and Potowomut, were examined and the relative frequencies of certain elements were compared allowing the authors to make arguments about the use of certain iron ore sources. This innovative research project will provide a platform for future studies and contributes to our understanding of colonial metallurgy.

2010    Metin I. Eren, Adam Durant, and Christina Neudorf

2009    Susan Mentzer

2008    Brandi Lee MacDonald, R.G.V. Hancock, Alice Pidruczny, and Aubrey Cannon

2007    Bridget Zavala and Jose Luis Punzo Diaz

2006    Ruth Dickau

2005    Ethan Cochrane, Julie Field, and Diana Greenlee

2004    Stacy Lengyel

2003    Stacey Chambliss

2002    Laura Smith, James Jordan, David Johnson, Casey Haskell, and Herbert Maschner

2001    Jonathan Scholnick, Derek Wheeler, and Fraser Neiman

2000    Diana M. Greenlee

1999    Diana Greenlee, Robert C. Dunnell, Terry Hunt, and Michael Pfeffer

1998    Lisa Nagaoka

1997    Anastasia Steffen, Rita Moots Skinner, and Ann F. Ramenofsky

1996    Adam King

1995    Tim Hunt, Mark Madsen, and Carl Lipo

1994    Alanah J. Woody

1993    Cynthia Herhahn

Awardees, Professionals

Until 2007, the Poster Award competition also included an award for the best poster presented by a professional. The awardees in this category are listed below.

2007    Jeffrey A. Ferguson, Jelmer E. Eerkens, and Michael D. Glascock

2006    Robert Hard, Cynthis Muñez, and Anne Katzenberg

2005    James Feathers, Jack Johnson, Silvia Kembel

2004    Andrew Isaac, Mark Muldoon, Keri Brown, and Terry Brown (Overall winner), Sara Bon-Harper, Jennifer Aultman,
              Nick Bon-Harper, Derek Wheeler

2003    Diana M. Greenlee

2002    Manuel R. Palacios Fest and Jeffrey A. Homburg

2001    Jeffrey Homburg, Eric Brevik, Jeffrey Altschul, Antony Orme, and Steven Shelley

2000    Fraser D. Neiman

1999    Neal H. Lopinot and Jack H. Ray

1998    Shannon P. McPherron and Harold L. Dibble

1997    Judith A. Habicht-Mauche, A. Russell Flegal, Stephen Glenn, and Homer Milford

1996    Clinton C. Hoffman and Stephen H. Lekson

1995    Brenda J. Baker and Maria A. Liston

1994    George R. Miller and James S. Oliver
              Dennis E. Lewarch and Laura S. Phillips (Organizers, Outstanding Poster Symposium)

1993    Virginia Butler and James Chatters