The Carrie Hunter-Tate Award

The “Carrie Hunter-Tate Award” honors the memory of this former officer of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA). Carrie energetically devoted her time and talents to NASA until her untimely death in 1995. To commemorate the spirit with which she dedicated herself to the profession of anthropology, NASA established the “Carrie Hunter-Tate Award” to honor student anthropologists who demonstrate a similar level of enthusiasm for service to the profession.

The judgment criteria for this award are split equally between academic and professional achievements.

Examples of academic achievements include – but are not limited to – class performance, receipt of academic scholarships and awards, publications and presentations, and scholarly research.

Examples of professional achievement include – but are not limited to – service within professional organizations or departments, leadership positions within student anthropological groups, and community service in which anthropological issues are brought to the public’s attention.

The award’s primary intent is to provide the means for the honoree to attend the AAA Annual Meeting to expand the reach of the honoree’s research. With this in mind, the award is $500 for travel expenses as well as a reimbursement of basic AAA Annual Meeting registration fees. (Note: The Carrie Hunter-Tate Award does not include reimbursement or other provisions for workshop fees incurred at the AAA Annual Meeting.)


All anthropology students (undergraduates and graduates, including international students) who are members of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (excluding currently elected or appointed NASA Officers) are eligible.

Non-members may apply for the Carrie Hunter-Tate Award, but must join NASA before receiving the award if selected.

Attendance at the AAA Annual Meeting is required.

How To Apply:

All applicants must be nominated by submitting a complete application.

Students may be nominated for the Carrie Hunter-Tater Award in one of three ways:

1) AAA student members may apply individually for the award through self-nomination.
2) Any NASA Member (Officer or not) may nominate a student.
3) Any AAA Student Section Representative may nominate a student.

The following items are required for the application:

  • Full Legal Name
  • School and school year
  • Research interests
  • Geographical area(s) of interest
  • Transcripts from all universities attended (unofficial copies are fine)
  • One to three page essay explaining what you believe to be the significance of anthropology, where you see the direction of the field heading, and why you feel qualified for the award.
  • CV for graduate student applicants

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The following items are required from winners before disbursement:

Social Security Number (if U.S. applicant)


All application materials must be submitted via email to by October 22, 2019 11:59PM EST.

Applicants will be notified by mid-November.


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