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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Ibn Battuta Award

The Ibn Battuta Award is given by the Anthropology Program at Kansas State University to the anthropology major who has submitted the best anthropological research paper to us for our consideration. The paper may be built from a paper submitted for a class in any year, but in that case, it should be further developed and more substantial than the earlier draft.  Winning papers are usually about 15 pages long (up to about 30 pages), and very thoroughly researched.  The award consists of a cash prize and book describing the adventures and discoveries of Ibn Battuta, a 14th century Muslim traveler, as well as recognition of quality research and writing. The awardee will be recognized at the annual departmental awards ceremony in April. The paper can deal with any anthropological topic. Coauthored papers are not allowed. We may award two prizes, if submissions and funds allow.
Papers must be double-spaced and include an abstract, in-text citations and a references cited section. All submissions must follow the style guide of American AnthropologistThe cover page should indicate the title, author, date of submission, and e-mail address. The first page of the text should also include the title and abstract. No identification of the author should be given beyond the cover page.

Email the cover page and the complete paper as pdf documents to Dr.Durband at durband@ksu.edu by a date TBD.

Martin Ottenheimer Award for Adventurous Anthropology

Anthropologist Martin Ottenheimer (PhD Tulane U 1971), now professor emeritus at Kansas State, is internationally known for his ethnographic research in East Africa, especially the Comoro Islands, as well as major publications on kinship and cousin marriage. He was a Department Head at K-State (1987-1993), was elected President of the Central States Anthropological Society (1994-1995), and served on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association. He has lectured in Africa, Europe, and Australia, and his visiting academic positions include Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (1990), and a Fulbright Scholar at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2004-2005). A world traveler and a champion sailor, Dr. Ottenheimer also serves as a Senior Judge, US Sailing Association.

This student award has been established in recognition of the adventurous spirit that guides Dr. Ottenheimer and many fellow anthropologists in their quest for knowledge about peoples and cultures all across the world. Eligible for this award ($300) are undergraduate students majoring in anthropology, who have at least one more semester left of their undergraduate program at the time of application.  To be seriously considered, they must have a good academic record (minimum GPA 3.5), and a specific planned project that demonstrates their adventurous spirit as a budding anthropologist. Each contender will send a 1-page curriculum vitae and a roughly 2-page project proposal (including details about how the funding will be spent) to Dr.Durband at durband@ksu.edu by a date TBD. The winner will be committed to make a presentation for the Anthropology Club before their graduation (within the following year).

Harriet and Martin Ottenheimer Central States Anthropological Society Award

The recipient(s) of this award will be a student(s) properly enrolled as a K-State student and major in anthropology who has submitted an abstract for their research and been notified that this/her paper has been accepted for presentation at the annual Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) conference.  Applicants are expected to present at the annual Central States conference and commonly our own Sapiens Symposium late in the spring semester.  Abstract are generally due early in the year and should be discussed with one of K-State's anthropology faculty before submitting (and presenting).  The award shall reimburse the selected student for up to $500 (or half  that amount, if the award goes to multiple students) in travel expenses to attend the annual CSAS conference and present his/her paper. Email the awards coordinator, Art Durband in '16-17, once you've been accepted to present and attach your abstract and let them know you are officially applying for the CSAS award.

National and International Awards

Our students have had great success receiving major national and international awards and scholarships.  Visit with your adviser if you are interested in pursuing any of these prestigious awards to support your future research and scholarship.


Fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year.

LeRoy Prine 2016
Amanda Stueve 2010
Lucas Bessire 2001
Lisa Mertz 1993
Carol Leonard 1970
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Fellows receive three years of support with a $30,000 annual stipend plus a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, a $1,000 one time international travel allowance and access to the TeraGrid supercomputer.

Laura Bathurst 1997
Michael Wesch 1998
Amber Campbell 2005

Other Anthropology Award Winners
Marshall ScholarshipJordan Thomas2016
Rotary Ambassadorial ScholarshipRyan Klataske2007
Jacob K. Javits FellowshipMichael Wesch1998
MellonLaura Bathurst1997
Phi Kappa PhiJohn Hawks1994
RhodesRoger D. Sorrell1974