Culture of Writing Award

This award is sponsored by the Anthropology Program and the Writing Intensive Curriculum at OSU, and comes with a $100 cash prize. The award recognizes outstanding undergraduate writing.

The award recipient is Kelly Criglow, an Anthropology E-campus student who is graduating this term. Dr. Neal Endacott nominated her for a paper she wrote, entitled “Clovis: A Cultural Revolution across a Continent” in his “First Peoples, Last Frontiers” class, noting that her research and writing were both first rate.

Please join me in congratulating Kelly.


Kalervo Oberg Award

This award is presented each year to a senior undergraduate anthropology major who exemplifies excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. The award is funded by a generous contribution by its namesake, Kalervo Oberg, an anthropologist who taught at OSU toward the end of a long career as an applied anthropologist. Oberg conducted dissertation research on the social organization and economy of Klukwan, a Tlingit Community in Alaska. During his career, Oberg also worked for the Institute for Inter-American Affairs (a precursor to USAID), including appointments in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Surinam. A monetary award of $500 is included, and the recipient's name will be engraved on the OSU Anthropology Award Plaque and will also appear in the Commencement Bulletin.

This year's Kalervo Oberg award goes to Mady Gibbs.

Mady is the co-president of the OSU Anthropology Club and also a College of Liberal Arts Ambassador. Mady was nominated by both Dr. Julianne Freeman and Dr. Kenny Maes. Dr. Maes reflected, “Her written work is excellent, demonstrating an ability to integrate data and multiple ways of thinking, from biology and neuroscience to public health, cultural processes, and political economy.”

Please join me in congratulating Mady.

Deanna Kingston Undergraduate Award

This award was created to honor the memory of Dr. Deanna Paniataaq Kingston, who was a descendent of the King Island Native Community in Alaska and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at OSU.  The award recognizes Dr. Kingston's mentoring spirit and dedication to supporting students from a variety of personal backgrounds and life experiences, especially those typically deemed "non-traditional" in the US system of higher education. The award is given to an undergraduate anthropology major who demonstrates exceptional perseverance and excellence. A monetary award of $1000 is included.

Much of Dr. Kingston’s research focused on the intersection of traditional knowledge with western science. As a scholar and as a person, Dr. Kingston straddled boundaries, creating community in unexpected places. You can find this sense of community in the research collaborations she undertook and in her mentoring of students. Dr. Kingston died in 2011 after living with cancer for several years.  Dr. Kingston refused to let her illness stop her from reaching out to others, finding and strengthening communities of support, sharing her thoughts and experiences, and providing encouragement to others.

This year’s recipient of the Deanna Kingston Undergraduate Award is Danielle Chhabra.

Danielle is a first generation Native American student in the OSU Ecampus anthropology program. She began her academic career at OSU in spring 2020 and will be graduating in spring 2023. Danielle has an OSU GPA of 3.93. In addition to excelling in her classes Danielle has participated in the URSA program – Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (2021-22), working with a mentor in OSU Administration to survey the OSU transfer student community. She was also involved in analysis of the survey data and presenting the results to the OSU Board of Trustees. Upon completing the URSA project Danielle got a virtual internship with the Department of State, Global Public Affairs office. Danielle is creating and distributing training materials on inclusion and equity policies for the Global Public Affairs office. Danielle plans to work in a federal government agency where she can impact public policies in a way that assures all voices are heard.

Please join me in congratulating Danielle.

Alumni Award

The Alumni Award is given annually to outstanding Anthropology students-- undergraduate or graduate--with a career interest in anthropology and a strong record of engagement with the community, university, and our field. This award, which comes with a cash prize of $500-$1000, is funded by the generous contributions of our Alumni, so we hope those of you graduating this year will consider chipping in however you can!

This year we have two awardees, one undergraduate and one graduate.

Our undergraduate awardee is Brynna Dodge, and our graduate awardee is Jessie Pike.

  • Brynna Dodge is graduating this term and has been accepted to a Master’s program in Anthropology at the University of Liverpool, England. She was nominated by Dr. Julianne Freeman, who said, “Brynna’s work demonstrates a high level of mastery of textual sources, an impressive ability to apply them in her analysis, and a fluid academic writing style.”
  • Jessie Pike is graduating this term from the Applied Anthropology Master’s program. She is defending (tomorrow!) a thesis on the cross-cultural experiences of English teachers in Taiwan, which is based on research conducted within the Fulbright program. She was nominated by Dr. Bryan Tilt, who notes that “Jessie has shown remarkable intellectual ability and creativity, not the mention the perseverance to finish her degree during a pandemic.”

Please join me in congratulating Brynna Dodge and Jessie Pike.

Thomas C. Hogg Memorial Scholarship Book Fund

This award is given to one first-year international student in the graduate program in Anthropology at Oregon State University. The scholarship provides a cash award of up to $450.  The scholarship began in 1988 to honor the memory of Thomas C. Hogg who joined the Anthropology Department in 1965, became associate professor in 1969 and department chair in 1972.

This year’s award goes to Liesl Cohn De Leon.

Liesl Cohn comes to our program as a Fulbright-Laspau fellow. This stands for Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities – a unique Fulbright program designed to support individuals who are leading scholars in their home countries. In Liesl's case, she is an instructor of anthropology at the San Carlos University in Guatemala City. She was nominated by several people, including Dr. Emily Yates-Doerr, who notes, “Liesl brings tremendous knowledge, skill, and research integrity to OSU. In addition to being a sharp, critical thinker, she is concerned with helping her peers and committed to learning from others.” In her time at OSU, Liesl has been working with the Mam-Maya community of Oregon.

Please join me in congratulating Liesl.

Service to Undergraduate Education

The Service to Undergraduate Education Award honors the vital contributions made by graduate teaching assistants to our undergraduate anthropology program, both online and in Corvallis. Each quarter, our GTAs devote considerable time and energy to teaching undergraduates, sharing their passion and insight and providing advice and support to their students. The honor comes with a cash award of $500 - $1000.

This year we have two awardees: Mariana Ribeiro Porto Araujo, and Betty Cervantes

Mariana is in her third year in the PhD program. She has been teaching Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 101) as a GTA for on campus students and as an independent instructor for e-campus students since Fall 2019. She also helps with the development and teaching of the 407 E-campus classes. Students exhibit a high level of respect for her and demonstrate genuine acknowledgment for her kind, understanding, and respectful way of teaching, evidenced even more during the Covi-19 Pandemic.

Betty is graduating this term with her Master’s in applied anthropology. She has taught ANTH 240 on e-campus every term during the pandemic. She is highly communicative with her students, using regular announcements and upbeat, often humorous messages to keep them on track and motivated. She also took it upon herself to re-format the course syllabus, to make it easier to navigate. Dr. Brenda Kellar noted what a great job she did with that, totally on her own!  

We are grateful to have Mariana and Betty as GTAs in our program. Please join me in congratulating them.