The American Association of Physical Anthropologists sponsors the following awards and opportunities for its members.
The highest professional honors bestowed by the AAPA are:
- The Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1992 to recognize and honor distinguished senior members of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
- The Gabriel W. Lasker Service Award was established in 2006 to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated a history of excellence in service to AAPA, its members, and/or the field of biological anthropology.
- The AAPA Communication & Outreach Award is awarded annually to honor individuals for their outstanding public communication and educational outreach efforts in the field of biological anthropology.
- Cobb Professional Development Grants provide up to $7,500 to support the career development of individuals at the beginning of their professional careers.
- Pollitzer Student Travel Awards are designed to help student members defray the costs of attending the AAPA meetings. You do not need to be presenting at the meeting.
- Committee on Diversity IDEAS (Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Anthropological Sciences) Program includes a day-long science and mentoring workshop for undergraduate and graduate students at the AAPA meetings, networking events throughout the meeting, and a virtual mentoring network throughout the year. IDEAS Student Scholars receive travel funding.
- Committee on Diversity Undergraduate Research Symposium provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research in a poster symposium during the annual meeting and to graduate students to serve as reviewers and mentors for the symposium. A limited number of travel awards are made based on the application materials.
AAPA Student Awards
- Student Presentation Awards. The AAPA awards seven prizes to outstanding student poster and podium presentations at the annual meeting. The first author of the presentation must be the student.