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 $300 to undergraduates and $400 to graduate students with the potential for invitation to submit the paper for publication in Plains Anthropologist in some cases. The winner(s) will be announced at the conference banquet, to which all competition participants will receive one complimentary ticket.

For additional information, contact:

Scott Brosowske,


  • 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.

          2024 Abstract Submission Deadline: TBD

  • Submit an electronic written version of your paper AND an application form TBD to the chair of the student paper award committee who will distribute them to the committee members (Scott Brosowske,

          Application Form (from 2023)


  • 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