Lambda Alpha, or the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology, provides scholarships and grants for student members and publishes an annual magazine including peer-reviewed student publications. It has over 170 chapters nation-wide.
The TU chapter of Lambda Alpha was formed in 2003, taking the place of the long-running Student Anthropology Society that had existed since the 1970s. The Anthropology Department at TU provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in archaeology and cultural anthropology. Lambda Alpha members include any student interested in anthropology.
Lambda Alpha holds regular events including meetings, guest speakers, movie nights, and field trips to local places of anthropological interest. By joining Lambda Alpha, students not only get to experience anthropology with like-minded students, but also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants from the national Lambda Alpha organization.
Lambda Alpha National Honor Society
The National honor society is run through Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology.
“As an honor society, Lambda Alpha serves to recognize superiority, providing incentive for exceptional performance by granting certificates of accomplishment.
Since individual chapters are free to organize their own programs, this provides an opportunity for faculty and students to work together on mutually advantageous projects.
The winning of an annually awarded national scholarship provides $5,000 to a deserving graduating senior major in anthropology. A Graduate Research Grant is designed to encourage overseas thesis research. The award is variable, ranging from $2,000 to $6,000. Only applicants from chartered departments qualify to compete for these awards.
Since the editorial policy of the Lambda Alpha Journal provides for 50 percent of its space to be reserved for student publication, this offers a unique occasion for students to see their own work in print on a national level.
The national office is also interested in the possibility of organizing an international federation of anthropology honoraries and invites inquiries from national anthropology honorary groups in other countries.
LAMBDA ALPHA NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP: Your chapter may send forward only ONE candidate for this award. The Lambda Alpha National Scholarship of $5000 is to be awarded to a true graduating senior majoring in anthropology. The winner of the scholarship will be announced yearly in early June.
GRADUATE RESEARCH GRANTS: Your chapter may send forward as many candidates for these grants as deemed qualified. The Graduate Research Grant is designed to encourage thesis field research. Request for financial support for travel, basic field equipment, and on-location labor costs would be favored. The grant cannot be used for indirect expenses, and any unused money is to be refunded to Lambda Alpha. The funds of $2000 will be awarded annually to each of the three sub-disciplines: archaeology (one grant for $2000); bio-anthropology (one grant for $2000); and cultural/linguistic anthropology (one grant for $2000), or as many deemed qualified. The winners of the competition will be announced yearly in early June.”
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