The Ruth Fulton Benedict Prize will recognize outstanding writing in anthropology. All undergraduates are eligible. Students may submit only one paper for consideration for this prize. The prize will recognize the author of an outstanding paper written for an anthropology class taken at UC Irvine. The winning paper will be posted and archived on the Departmental website, and the recipient of the prize will receive an award at the Department's Spring awards ceremony.  

Award Amount: varies by year


  • Papers from any anthropology class at UC Irvine may be submitted.
  • Papers should be between 10 and 30 pages in length.
  • Honor's theses may not be submitted.
  • The paper need not report on original research, but must demonstrate analytical acuity, creativity, and dexterity with the conventions of anthropological writing.
  • Further information may be found online at

  • Students please submit your paper to Norma Miranda or Tami Hoksbergen, Social Science and Behavioral Sciences Gateway (SBSG) 3201 by May 5, 2016.
  • Faculty may nominate student papers (one paper per student); please submit a copy of the paper with your nomination to Norma Miranda by May 5, 2016.

Past Recipients

2015: Not Awarded

2014: Jazmin Martinez

2013: William Larsen and Mallory Bruno; Honorable Mention: Michelle Clement

2012: Not Awarded

2011: Elizabeth McDowell, "Birth Control, Out of Our Control" (Faculty Sponsor, Susan Greenhalgh)

2010: Ariana Keil, "Genital Anxieties and the Quest for the Perfect Vulva: A Feminist Analysis of Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery" (Faculty Sponsor, Susan Greenhalgh)

2009: Monica Murtaugh, "Constructing the Haitian Zombie: An Anthropological Study Beyond Madness" (Faculty sponsor, Angela Garcia)

2008: Not Awarded

2007: Katie Harrison, "The Image of the Disney Princess and the Impressions of Feminism" (Faculty sponsor, Susan Greenhalgh)

2006: Jeannine Stepanian, "Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Policies in the U.S." (Faculty sponsor, Tom Boellstorff)


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