Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Plains Conference, the 2020 Student Paper Award Competition was cancelled. Anyone who was a student as of November 2020 will be eligible to submit a paper for the Student Paper Competition in 2021, even if they graduate prior to the 2021 meeting in Boulder, Colorado.


The Student Paper Award encourages and recognizes students who present and publish professional quality papers at the annual Plains Conference.

All students attending the Plains Conference are invited to compete for this annual award. Separate undergraduate and graduate student awards will be granted. The award is a cash payment of $200 to undergraduates and $300 to graduate students and an invitation to submit the paper for publication in Plains Anthropologist. The winner(s) will be announced at the conference banquet, to which all competition participants will receive two complimentary tickets.

For 2021 - The deadline to submit papers to the student paper committee chair will be announced at a later date. See additional deadlines and entry form below.

For more information, contact:

Kacy Hollenback, khollenback@mail.smu.edu


  • Enrolled as a full or part-time student, either undergraduate or graduate.

  • Must indicate intent to participate in the competition when submitting abstract to the conference program organizer.

  • Must present paper in the student paper session. Papers may be presented in an organized session but they also must be given during the student paper session to be eligible.

To Apply

  • Register for the conference. On the abstract form, note your intention to enter the Student Paper Award competition.

          Abstract Submission Deadline: September 17, 2021
          Early Registration Deadline: TBA

  • Submit an electronic written version of your paper AND an application form to the chair of the student paper award committee who will distribute them to the committee members (Kacy Hollenback, khollenback@mail.smu.edu)

          Deadline: 2021 Deadline TBA
          Application Form will become available at a later date.


  • Entrants are responsible for conference registration. 

  • Submitting a paper to the committee will not register you for the conference!


Competition Guidelines and Tips


See past Recipients of the Student Paper Award