The Illinois Archaeological Survey is pleased to offer the Jeanette E. Stephens Student Paper Awards. These awards are presented annually to the best paper(s) on a topic concerning Illinois archaeology from current or recent undergraduate and graduate students. A wide range of topics will be considered including, but not limited to, theoretical perspectives, methodological applications, and artifact analysis. Research concerning sites outside of Illinois but contributing to the interpretation of Illinois archaeology is also acceptable. We encourage winners to present an abbreviated version of the paper at the Annual IAS meeting this fall and to submit revised papers for publication in IAS’s journal Illinois Archaeology. Electronic submissions and support letters should be emailed by 5 pm on August 1, 2023, to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, contact Erin Benson, Chair of the Stephens Award committee. Download the award announcement poster here.
Undergraduate and graduate students who were enrolled in a university/college program anytime between August 2021 and August 2023 are eligible for the award this year!
Winners will receive:
Instructions for Undergraduate and Graduate Award Submissions
Instructions for Sponsors
Write a letter (1 page max.) indicating why you support the student’s submission and why you think it is a valuable contribution to Illinois archaeology.
Tyler Ferree (University of California Santa Barbara), for a graduate paper titled “Spindle Whorls and the Diversity of Mississippian Labor Organization.”
Kelly Arnold (2005, undergraduate), Valerie L. Starr (2006), Lacey Nicole Heflin (2007), Lori Belknap (2008), Elizabeth Conzelman (2009), Aimee Carbaugh (2010), Dan Blodgett (2011, undergraduate), Dana Bardolph (2012), No Award (2013), Megan Nyquist (2014, undergraduate), Kaitlin Roberts (2014, undergraduate), Allison Huber (2015, graduate), Rosemary Bolin (2015, undergraduate), Madeline Azar (2016, undergraduate), Jade Klope (2016, undergraduate), A. J. White (2016, graduate), Abby Baka (2017, undergraduate), Meagan Bell (2017, undergraduate), Alice Muntz (2018, graduate), and Wendi Wingerson (2019, undergraduate). There was no contest in 2020 and no award in 2021.
Last updated 01/30/23.