Awards & Awardees

View awards opportunities and recipients for our faculty members, students, and postdoctoral fellows.


Faculty

Our faculty are deeply engaged in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. They have won numerous awards for their teaching, as well as being recognized nationally and internationally for their research.

Sabina Magliocco Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UBC Anthropology Student Association 2020
Sara Shneiderman Exemplary Graduate Student Mentor, UBC Anthropology Graduate Student Association 2020
Shaylih Muehlmann Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Anthropology Student Association 2012
Vinay Kamat Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UBC Anthropology Student Association 2011
  Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UBC Anthropology Student Association 2010
Gaston Gordillo Killam Teaching Award, University of British Columbia 2008
Zhichun Jing Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UBC Anthropology and Sociology Student Society 2007
Michael Blake Killam Teaching Award, University of British Columbia 2006
  Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UBC Anthropology and Sociology Student Society 2006
Bruce Miller Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UBC Anthropology and Sociology Student Society 2006
Vinay Kamat Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UBC Anthropology and Sociology Student Society 2005
Alexia Bloch UBC Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate Society Teaching Award 2004
Patrick Moore UBC Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate Society Teaching Award 2004
William McKellin

 

Bruce Miller

Award for Excellence in Medical Education, British Columbia Children’s and Women’s Hospitals

UBC Killam Teaching Prize

2002

 

1998

Bruce Miller Weaver-Tremblay Prize for Applied Anthropology, awarded by Canadian Anthropology Society 2020
Shaylih Muehlmann Guggenheim Scholar, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 2020
Vinay Kamat Dean of Arts, Faculty Research Award 2019
Sabina Magliocco

 

 

Camilla Speller

SSHRC Insight Grant: "Fairy Tale Justice in Old and New Media: Transforming Wonder." Co-PI with Prof. Pauline Greenhill, University of Winnipeg

Canadian Foundation for Innovation, John R. Evans Leaders Fund award (CFI-JELF)

2019

 

 

2019

Zhichun Jing Golden Cauldron Award, National Congress of Chinese Archaeology 2018
Mark Turin Killam Faculty Research Fellowship 2018
  Wall Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies 2018
Carole Blackburn Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 2016-2017
Michael Blake Society for Economic Botany Mary W. Klinger Book Award for Maize for the Gods (University of California Press 2015), outstanding book in Economic Botany/ Ethnobotany 2017
Alexia Bloch UBC, Dean of Arts, Faculty Research Awards 2017
Patrick Moore Award for Public Outreach and Community Service, Society for Linguistic Anthropology, November 2017
Patricia Shaw The Ken Hale Award, The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) 2017
Sara Shneiderman Wall Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies 2017
James Fisher Prize for First Books on the Himalayan Region, awarded by the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies 2017
Wade Davis Member, Order of Canada 2016
Grand Prize of the Salon du Livre de Montagne for Les Soldats de L’Everest, 26th Passy Mountain Book Festival, Passy, France 2016
Gaston Gordillo Honorable Mention, Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing for Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction (2014, Duke University Press) 2016
Susan Rowley Michael M. Ames Award, Committee for Museum Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association 2016
Darlene Weston Award for Most influential article published in BMC Evolutionary Biology in 2015 for the article, “The ancestral shape hypothesis: an evolutionary explanation for the occurrence of intervertebral disc herniation in humans,” 2016
“Kiem” Award, Koninklijke Nederlands Vereniging voor Microbiologie for best microbiology paper of 2015 with a Dutch first author (Ziesemer KA) for “Intrinsic challenges of ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification,” Scientific Reports 5, 16498

 

2016
Jennifer Kramer Canada Prize in the Humanities, Federation for Social Sciences and Humanities for Native Art of the Northwest Coast a History of Changing Ideas (co-edited by Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jennifer Kramer and Ki-ke-in (UBC Press 2013) 2015
Susan Rowley History Alive! the Governor General's History Award for Museums 2015
Charles Redd Award of the Western Museums Association for Exhibition Excellence 2015
Patricia Shaw UBC Dean of Arts Award 2015
Gaston Gordillo Wall Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies 2014
Leslie Robertson Canadian Committee on Women’s History Book Prize, Best book in Women’s and Gender History for 2 years. Canadian Historical Association, for Standing Up with Ga’ax̱sta’las.

Canadian Committee on Women’s and Gender History Book Prize. Canadian Historical Association, for Standing Up with Ga’ax̱sta’las.

 

2014

 

 

 

2014

Darlene Weston National Award for Scientific Investigation, Cuban Academy of Sciences, for archaeological work on the site of El Choro de Maita, Cuba. 2014
Jennifer Kramer Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies 2013
Leslie Robertson Co-winner, K.D. Srivastava Prize
Office of the Vice-President Research and UBC Press, for Standing Up with Ga’ax̱stalas 2013
Canadian Historical Association Congress award for Standing Up with Ga’ax̱sta’las 2013
American Society for Ethnohistory Canadian Aboriginal History Book Prize for Standing Up with Ga’ax̱sta’las 2013
Canadian Historical Association Clio Book Prize for Standing Up with Ga’ax̱sta’las 2013
‘Exemplary Title, American Association of University Presses.’ University of Washington Press

Wheeler-Voegelen Prize. American Society for Ethnohistory, for Standing Up with             Ga’ax̱sta’las.

Canadian Aboriginal History Book Prize, Canadian Historical Association, for Standing Up with Ga’ax̱sta’las.

2013

 

 

2013

 

2013

Andrew Martindale

 

Bruce Miller

Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Winner of K.D. Srivastiva Prize for Excellence in Academic Publishing

2012

 

2012

Shaylih Muehlmann

 

 

 

 

Leslie Robertson

Ton Vallen Award, Babylon: Center for the Study of Multicultural Society, Tilburg School of the Humanities, for the article “Von Humboldt’s Parrot: The Countdown of Last Speakers in the Colorado Delta,”

Peter Wall Institute Faculty Associate, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

2012

 

 

 

 

2012

Bruce Miller

 

Shaylih Muehlmann

Oral History on Trial: Recognizing Aboriginal Narratives in the Courts

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Language, Culture and the Environment

2011

 

2011

Gaston Gordillo Guggenheim Scholar, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 2010
Charles Menzies Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival award for Weather the Storm (2008) 2009
Shaylih Muehlmann Winner of the University of California Press/Public Anthropology Publishing Competition 2009
Patricia Shaw The Legacy of Hope Foundation, Ottawa, The Musqueam MIB-UBC FNLG program was selected for national best practices in language revitalization 2009
Alexia Bloch Killam Faculty Research Fellowship 2006
Leslie Robertson George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver 2006
Gaston Gordillo American Ethnological Society’s Sharon Stephens Book Award for Landscapes of Devils: Tensions of Place and Memory in the Argentinean Chaco (Duke University Press, 2004) 2005
Vinay Kamat Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies 2005
 
Charles Menzies Jury Award, Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival Award for Film Productions for The View from Gitxaala and Returning to Gitxaala 2005
Gaston Gordillo Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies 2004
 
Alexia Bloch Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies 2003
Zhichun Jing Canada Research Chair in Asia-Pacific Archaeology, Canada 2002


Students

Awards

Graduate awards

The following awards are assigned by the Department of Anthropology on a merit basis to students that meet the eligibility requirements for each individual award. Students do not need to apply for these awards, as nominations are submitted by faculty members and adjudicated by the departmental Student Awards Committee.

Michael Ames Scholarship in Museum Studies

A scholarship of $3,900 has been endowed by the volunteers of the Museum of Anthropology Shop and friends in honour of Dr. Michael Ames, Director of the Museum from 1974 to 1997. The award is offered to a student in Museum Studies.

Charles and Alice Borden Fellowship for Archaeology

A $13,850 fellowship has been endowed by Dr. Charles E. Borden, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology. The fellowship is awarded to a candidate in the program leading to the Ph.D., in Archaeology. Preference is given to a candidate whose thesis is concerned with problems related to the archaeology and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. A candidate may also be considered whose thesis topic is concerned with problems pertaining to the archaeology and prehistory in any area of the Old or New World.

Wilson Duff Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship of $1,200 has been endowed in memory of Professor Wilson Duff, a member of the Faculty who worked extensively in the field of Indigenous history and culture. The award is available to a student in the Faculty of Arts or Law, who is doing work in the field of Indigenous history and culture. Preference is given to a student of Indigenous ancestry.

Francis Reif Scholarship

A $3,250 scholarship has been made available through an endowment established for a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. Preference is given to a student who intends to pursue graduate work in the study of Northwest Coast Indigenous art.

Sentinel Prize in Anthropology

A prize totalling $700 has been endowed by members of the fan club of "The Sentinel", a television production filmed on campus.

AGSA-AGSC Travel Award

MA and PhD students are eligible to apply for reimbursements of up to $500 for travel and conference expenses. This award is typically given to six applicants each academic year. Students may only receive this award once during their program.

*the value of each award may vary on an annual basis

Julie Cruikshank Award for Best Graduate Student Paper

The Julie Cruikshank Award is given to the best term paper submitted in an anthropology (ANTH or ARCL) course. This award is given in honour of Julie Cruikshank, one of our most accomplished professors (now emerita).

David Aberle and Kathleen Gough Award in Applied Anthropology

Undergraduate awards

The Department of Anthropology recognizes undergraduate excellence with two annual awards:

The Julie Cruikshank Award is given to the best term paper submitted in an anthropology (ANTH or ARCL) course. This award is given in honour of Julie Cruikshank, one of our most accomplished professors (now emerita).

The Hawthorn Award is given to the best undergraduate Honours thesis. This award recognizes the founding anthropologist of the department, Harry Hawthorn. Award recipients receive a $50 UBC Bookstore gift card.

UBC also has several awards for which anthropology students are eligible:

The Lui Lin Ping Memorial Scholarship ($1200) is offered to an undergraduate student in the final year of study in international relations, anthropology or geography whose studies are concerned with advancing cross-cultural understanding and who has achieved distinction in written work related to cross-cultural studies. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Arts in consultation with the respective departments.

The International Undergraduate Awards in Psychology, Anthropology and Commerce are generously supported by an anonymous donor, and total $3000 in a given year. They recognize undergraduate international students in any year of study majoring in Psychology or Anthropology, or who are pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree. The awards are to be split evenly between the three disciplines, and financial need may be considered. Awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Arts and the Sauder School of Business.

*the value of each award may vary on an annual basis

Awardees

Our students stand out for their accomplishments in the classroom and in the pursuit of their chosen research, and are recognized by Departmental and University awards. Our graduate students have one of the most stellar records in the Faculty of Arts for procuring major external grants and fellowships.

Wenner-Gren

Name Supervisor Year
Manson, Daniel Bloch, Alexia 2016

Trudeau 

Vanier Award

Name Supervisor Year
Kina, Hilal Robertson, Leslie 2020
Nagai, Fumiya Blackburn, Carole 2020
Eaton, Jonathan Shneiderman, Sara 2019
Hak Hepburn, Michelle Muehlmann, Shaylih 2016
Cullis-Suzuki, Severn Shaw, Patricia 2016
Gomez-Ramirez, Oralia Bloch, Alexia 2012
Docot, Dada Bloch, Alexia 2011

SSHRC

Name Supervisor Year
Gendron, Danielle Renée

Gendron, Danielle Renée

Manson, Daniel

Robertson, Leslie

Robertson, Leslie

Gordillo, Gaston

2016

2014

2013

Carrier-Moissan, Marie-Eve Bloch, Alexia 2012

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS 

Name Supervisor Year
Rogova, Anastasia 2016

CGS-M

Name Supervisor Year
MacArthur, Ewen Bloch, Alexia 2016
Manson, Daniel Gordillo, Gaston 2011

CIHR

Name Supervisor Year
Sarlak, Lara Bloch, Alexia 2020
Daurio, Maya Turin, Mark 2020
Hak Hepburn, Michelle 2020

Charles and Alice Borden Fellowship in Archeology

Name Supervisor Year
Ritchie, Patrick Morgan Blake, Michael 2019
Brown, Thomas Martindale, Andrew 2018
Waber, Nicholas Pokotylo, David 2017
Letham, Bryn Martindale, Andrew 2016
Waber, Nicholas Pokotylo, David 2016
Merchant, Peter Blake, Michael 2015

Michael Ames Museum Scholarship

Name Supervisor Year
Smith, Christopher Kramer, Jennifer 2019
McAfee, Rosaleen Levell, Nicola 2018
Leischner, Emily Kramer, Jennifer 2017
Roy, Rachel Levell, Nicola 2016
Solomonian, Adam Arthur Kramer, Jennifer 2015

Francis Reif Scholarship

Name Supervisor Year
Leischner, Emily Kramer, Jennifer 2019
Sorensen, Amanda Rowley, Susan 2018
Smith, Christopher Kramer, Jennifer 2017
Adler, Allison Bloch, Alexia
&
Levell, Nicola
2016
Wilson, Jordan Rowley, Susan 2015

Wilson Duff Memorial Scholarship

Name Supervisor Year
Hays, Malika Martindale, Andrew 2019
Thomas, Karen Rowley, Susan 2018
Balcombe, Erika Levell, Nicola 2017
Volfova, Martina Moore, Patrick 2016
Zawadski, Krista Rowley, Susan 2015

Sentinel Prize in Anthropology

Name Supervisor Year
Alexander, Elias Creighton, Millie 2019
Koike, Evan Creighton, Millie 2018
Ahmed Sayed, Basant Creighton, Millie 2017
Beier, Deanne Moore, Patrick
& Turin, Mark
2016
Woolman, Jason Rowley, Susan 2015
Docot, Dada 2012

Julie Cruikshank Award for Best Graduate Student

Name Supervisor Year
Docot, Dada 2012

David Aberle and Kathleen Gough Award in Applied Anthropology

Name Supervisor Year
Manson, Daniel 2012


Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Department of Anthropology sets an internal deadline each year. For further information and to submit completed applications, please write to anth.grad@ubc.ca

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