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Associate Professor of Anthropology
Discipline Coordinator of Anthropology
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
local: (727) 864-8932
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
Senior anthropology majors are eligible for two annual awards, both presented during the Senior Awards Ceremony on campus in the weeks before commencement.
Edward B. Tylor Award for Excellence in Anthropology
The Tylor Award is presented annually to a major with a strong academic record who has exemplified the spirit of its namesake, Edward Tylor, a nineteenth-century pioneer in anthropology. Although not a requirement of the award, student winners in recent years have studied language intensively and undertaken undergraduate research that was presented in a professional forum.
Nicole Welling, the 2012 Tylor Award Winner, graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors as a double major in anthropology and Modern Languages (French and Spanish). She studied in Turkey during Winter Term 2011 and then in France during summer 2011.
Rachel Chamberlain, the 2011 Tylor Award Winner, was awarded a graduate fellowship in anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she has enrolled in the doctoral program. Rachel was named a Ford Apprentice Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa honor society member while at Eckerd. She completed a summer research project on medical anthropology in Brazil, and she plans to pursue the medical anthropology specialization while in graduate school.
Lia Berman, the 2010 Tylor Award Winner, is a graduate student in the London School of Economics international development program, where she is pursuing a masters degree. She studied language and culture in Turkey for a full academic year as a college junior, and she lived in Turkey for a year after graduation.
Allison Harvey, the 2009 Tylor Award Winner, participated in archaeological research projects in Mexico and Belize, and she interned locally at the Weedon Island Preserve and the Sarasota County History Center. She co-authored a research article that was published in the Journal of Field Archaeology. She is currently in the anthropology graduate program at New Mexico State University, pursuing a career in archaeology.
Audrey Copeland, the 2007 Tylor Award Winner, was featured in the St. Petersburg Times for developing a reusable container (see inset image on right) to replace common styrofoam ones often used by dining facilities for take out orders. She is in the process of applying for a patent for the product.
Sadie Funk, the 2006 Tylor Award Winner, served in the lowland rainforest of Ecuador as a member of the U.S. Peace Corps. Afterwards, she completed an international MBA program in her home state of Texas. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for Amazon Partnerships Foundation, a nonprofit organization working in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Ken Keeton Award
The anthropology major is part of the Comparative Cultures Collegium, an interdisciplinary department that includes Modern Languages and International Business. The Collegium annually presents an award to an outstanding student in the Collegium who best embodies the spirit of intercultural learning and global citizenship. The award is named for the late Prof. Ken Keeton, who taught German on campus for many years and fought for social justice during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s.
Andrea Willingham, the 2012 Ken Keeton Award winner, majored in anthropology and environmental studies. Andrea was named a 2011 Udall Scholar and traveled to Tucson, Arizona, to meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care, and governance. Andrea spent a semester at the London Study Center in 2010, and she participated in a service-learning program in Puerto Rico. Andrea is currently undertaking a nine-month internship with the National Park Service in Nome, Alaska. Working in the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Andrea is helping to interview local Inupiat reindeer herders about their social organization and economic activities.
Ruby Bielik, the 2011 Ken Keeton Award Winner, majored in anthropology and international business. She graduated with high honors as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While at Eckerd, she studied in China and London. She plans to pursue law school, specializing in world heritage resource management as a career.