Award Details


Student Poster Award

Nomination/Submission Deadline: 10 Mar 2019

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 Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award

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

March 10, 2019.  Electronic version of the poster submission must be received by the Committee Chair no later than this date. 

Other Special Requirements

Please submit a PDF file of your poster with all names and affiliations covered or removed to preserve anonymity. In addition, in order to be considered for the award, your faculty advisor must send an email in support of your submission to the Committee Chair by the deadline.

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. 

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. Individuals ending their terms cycle off the committee at the close of the Business Meeting held during the annual SAA Meeting, and new appointees begin their terms at this time. 

Award Cycle


Committee Chair and End of Term

Eric Jones [2021]

Committee Chair Contact Information

Committee Members and Ends of Terms

Logan Miller [2020], Colin Quinn [2021]

Selection or Evaluation Criteria

Committee members evaluate papers anonymously, scoring them on a scale of 1-20 based on the following two weighted themes: presentation of information (40%) and the originality and significance of research (60%). 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.

2018 Mark Agostini

This year’s SAA Student Poster Award is presented to Mark Agostini of Brown University for his poster “Becoming Tewa on the Pajarito Plateau and in the Rio Grande Valley: A Compositional Study of Ancestral Pueblo Pottery in the Tewa Basin, New Mexico.” Agostini’s research models continuities and changes in networks of pottery production and exchange among communities in two neighboring regions in northern New Mexico. Specifically, he utilized quadrupole inductively coupled plasmamass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to precisely measure trace elemental concentrations in clay paste to identify local and nonlocal ceramics, finding that over time reliance on trade wares decreased. Agostini suggests that increasingly localized production and design at these sites is consistent with the emergence of novel Tewa community identities that are still maintained in descendant communities. 

2017 Elic M. Weitzel and Daniel Plekhov

Elic Weitzel of the University of Connecticut and Daniel Plekhov of Brown University won the award for their poster “Contact-Period Settlement Changes in Eastern North America: A Test of the Ideal Free and Ideal Despotic Distribution Models.” Weitzel and Plekhov's research represents an important test of competing theoretical models of the effects of European contact on North American Indian settlement distributions. For each site in their survey, they utilize ecological data to calculate available energy as a measure of ecosystem quality. Utilizing a database of over 7000 radiocarbon dates from these sites, they find that the quality of indigenous settlement locations generally increased after Contact, with the exception of New England. This study notably demonstrates the importance of utilizing existing data sources for large-scale quantitative analysis and behavioral modeling.

2016 Amy N. Fox

The 2016 SAA Student Poster Award was presented to Amy N. Fox for her poster “Stone Tools from the Outside: Correlating Handaxe Mass Distribution with 3D Shape.” Fox utilized Radial Point Distribution to analyze 10 handaxes from Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa. The employment of this rigorous, high-resolution 3D geometric morphometric outline method represents an innovative method of quantifying the shape of objects for the purposes of comparative analyses. Furthermore, she argues convincingly for the utilization of such digital techniques in developing more holistic typologies of stone tools.

2015 Jenna Kay Carlson

2014 None

2013 G. Logan Miller

2012 None

2011 Alexander Smith and Danielle Raad

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