Rspa Scholarship Winners Essays

The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and one year’s free membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor for final preparation of the manuscript.

The prize is named for the late Richard G. Condon, whose work included the study of adolescence, family, and change among the Canadian Inuit. Psychological anthropology is defined broadly to include interrelationships among psychological, social and cultural phenomena. Essays will be judged on their relevance to psychological anthropology, organization and clarity, and their theoretical and methodological strengths. The author must be an undergraduate or graduate student on July 15, 2017, but the author need not be a current member of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winner will be recognized at the SPA Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Condon committee members:

Condon committee members:
Julia Cassaniti (chair)
Department of Anthropology
Washington State University
College Hall 150
Pullman, WA 99164-4910
[email protected]

Conerly Casey
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Rochester Institute of Technology
3151 Eastman Hall
Rochester, NY 14623-5604
[email protected]

Rebecca Lester
Department of Anthropology
Washington University
Campus Box 1114
One Brookings Dr.
St. Louis MO 63130-4899
[email protected]

Papers submitted for consideration must follow these guidelines:
1. The submitted paper must not be published in any form, or currently under review for publication in any outlet in the U.S. or abroad.
2. Papers must not exceed 9,000 words inclusive of all references, endnotes and acknowledgements.
3. Papers must follow the American Anthropological Association style guide.
4. Submitted papers must be emailed as a single Microsoft Word document to Dr. Cameron Hay, SPA’s Secretary, at [email protected] The deadline is July 15, 2017. In the email:
a. Subject line of the email should read “Condon Prize Submission.”
b. In the body of the email, provide the author’s name, permanent (not institutional) mailing address, and email address, student affiliation (university and department), and the title of the paper that is attached.
c. Confirm student status in the body of the email and provide an estimated date of graduation.
d. Ensure that no evidence of the author’s identity is evident in any way in the text of the Word document or by reference in the paper.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Cameron Hay at [email protected].
All award and selection committees abide by the SPA’s Conflict of Interest Statement and Recusal Policy.

 Past Condon Prize Winners
2017Matthew McCoy, "I Will Not Die On This Street:” Thinking Things Over in Conflicted Belfast”
2016Amir Hampel, “Equal Temperament: Autonomy and Identity in Chinese Speaking Clubs”
2015Suma Ikeuchi, "A case for the fantasy of an audience: Debating Christian selfhood in multicultural Japan"
2014Nofit Itzhak, "Making Selves and Meeting Others in Neo-Shamanic Healing"
2013Jing Xu, "Becoming a Moral Child amidst China's Moral Crisis"
2012Sara Lewis, "Trauma and the Making of Flexible Minds in the Tibetan Exile Community"
2011Saiba Varma, "The Silent Bio in Psychosocial: Counselors and Psychiatrists in Indian-administered Kashmir"
2010Sonya E. Pritzker, "The Part of Me that Wants to Grab: Embodied Experience and Living Translation in U.S. Chinese Medical Education"
2009 Kristin Yarris, "The pain of 'thinking too much': Dolor de cerebro and social hardship among rural Nicaraguan women"
2008no prize awarded
2007Sarah Henning David, "What's Not to Know? A Critique of Pascal Boyer's theory of religion through a reexamination of Emile Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life"
2006 Michael Baran, "Girl, you are not Morena"
Merav Shohet, "Narrating anorexia: 'Full' and 'struggling' genres of recovery"
2005no prize awarded
2004Julia Cassiniti, "Cultural Psychology of Buddhism in Thailand"
2003no prize awarded
2002Eileen Anderson-Fye, "Never Leave Yourself: Ethnopsychology as Mediator of Psychological Globalization among Belizean Schoolgirls"
2001Diana Smay, "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): The Disease of Ritual."
2000no prize awarded
1999 Chris McCollum, "The Cultural Patterning of Self Understanding: Evidence from Middle-Class Americans' Stories of Falling in Love."
1998no prize awarded
1997Keith McNeal, "Queens in America: An Exploration of Cultural Models, Gay Drag,and Gender Ambivalence"

Arista Pool & Spa First Annual Swimming Pool & Spa Scholarship Program. All essays become property of Arista Pool & Spa. Our scholarships is a one-time award of $1,000. Award is non-renewable; however, recipients may apply for consideration in subsequent years if they continue to meet eligibility requirements. One (1) Scholarship award will be sent directly to the recipient's academic institution.

Scholarships are announced in December for the recipient and awarded the following semester for tuition and fees.

Level:High school students entering first year of college or current undergraduate or graduate student.

Occurs: Annually

Application Deadline: December 15, 2018

Date Announced: December 31, 2018

Applicants: Must be legal residents. Must be currently enrolled full-time at an
accredited university in the USA or Canada.

Privacy: All personal information is private and not shared or sold.


Scholarship Application Requirements:

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Selection Criteria for Awards:

  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher 
  • Originality and creativity of essay submission
  • Word count between 800 to 1,000 words
  • Legal resident of Canada or USA
  • Be inrolled currently
  • Your life story
  • Business Marketing Essay
  • Has met all above listed critera 

By submitting an entry, scholarship applicants acknowledge that they have read and agree to the full terms and conditions of the scholarship.

Send your details and essay in a Word doc to Mike Ciaccio at

Any concerns or questions Mike can be reached at 610-489-6000.


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