Student Poster Award
Nomination/Submission Deadline: 10 Mar 2019
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
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 is one chair and at least two members
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.
Committee Chair and End of Term
Eric Jones 
Committee Chair Contact Information
Committee Members and Ends of Terms
Colin Quinn , Logan Miller 
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.
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
2013 G. Logan Miller
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
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