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Supporting our Student Programs


The Department of Anthropology has a variety of programs, research opportunities, scholarships, and fellowships that benefit our students, academically, experientially, and throughout their careers. Your help can make a huge difference! Contributions of any size may be made to the Department's Gift fund or to support a specific program. Here is an overview of some of our fantastic initiatives.

- The Department of Anthropology Gift Fund: Donations help our majors study abroad and create opportunities for hands-on experience with research and fieldwork here and around the world.

- The Johnnetta Betsch Cole Award for Engaged Public Scholarship: The new award recognizes a graduate student who has deeply integrated rigorous scholarship and commitment to inclusive social justice, in a manner that reflects the values and contributions exemplified by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole across her distinguished career. 

- The Sylvia Forman Graduate Fellowship fund, a legacy of the late Dr. Forman, dedicated professor and chair of the Department, supports foreign and Native American graduate students in anthropology, enlivening and enriching the Department's diversity, cultural life, and educational mission.

- Oriol Pi-Sunyer Dissertation Prize: This prize bears Professor Pi Sunyer's name, and is awarded in recognition of outstanding dissertations, specifically those which carry on his legacy, exploring issues that were central to his research trajectory: European peasant cultures, political economy, and migration.

- The "Worlding Anthropology" Award: This award recognizes the contributions that graduate students are making in building a more inclusive anthropology that honors diversity in language, knowledge practices, and forms of theory. It is inspired by the legacies of former faculty members Emiliana Cruz and Arturo Escobar, whose work has enriched the breadth of anthropology within the department and beyond.

- The Armelagos-Swedlund Graduate Research Award, established and named after the late George Armelagos and Professor emeritus Alan Swedlund, is given on an annual basis to an outstanding student in the field of medical, bio-cultural anthropology, or bio-archaeology.

- The Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Fund: The scholarship is targeted to support undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to promoting people-centered global health practice around the world, including in the U.S.  Read Samya's Undergraduate Thesis.

- The University Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT) program is dedicated to building the capacity for diverse, community-based social justice work, and donations help to support the program's core, a five-credit advanced Anthropology course that takes place each Spring Semester and involves fieldwork during Spring Break.

To make a gift to the department online, click the "make a gift" link above.  You may also contact us by phone for alternate methods at 413-545-2221 and to ensure you donation goes to any specific fund you choose.  Thank you for your support!

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