Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

Departmental Awards

Jeremy Demian Marx Award for Cultural Anthropology

The Anthropology Department invites undergraduate anthropology majors to submit outstanding cultural anthropology papers for the Jeremy Demian Marx Award. The recipient of this award will receive up to $500!

This award is given in memory of Jeremy Demian Marx, an outstanding UCSC anthropology major who died in a car accident in 1992 during his senior year.  Jeremy Demian Marx was posthumously awarded honors in the major, Porter College honors, and Phi Beta Kappa. 

This is a merit-based award and preference will be given to seniors. Preference will also be given to papers addressing topics of rituals, festivals and ludic events, rites of passage, art and symbolism, and life transitions, as these topics reflect the interests of Jeremy Demian Marx. 

To be considered for the Jeremy Demian Marx Award, submit the following using our online application: Two copies of your paper, each with a brief abstract attached describing the focus and content of your paper, and your contact information.

Applicants are asked to read Jeremy Demian Marx's thesis which can be found here, and recipients of the award are required to write a letter of appreciation to the donors. 



For more information on Jeremy and this award, please navigate here.  

Questions? Contact the Anthropology Undergraduate Adviser, Molly Segale

The Ryan Heumann Anthropology Undergraduate Scholarship
"Ryan's Travel Money"

The Anthropology Department will award up to $500.00 to assist with the costs of faculty-sponsored independent research, research-related travel, or travel to academic conferences. We are seeking concrete, well-conceived research projects endorsed by a faculty member. 

This award, known as "Ryan's Travel Money" comes from an endowment provided by Ryan Heumann's family. Ryan Heumann was a former student of anthropology; in keeping his memory alive, his family wishes to support Ryan's passion for knowledge and his love for cultural understanding. 

Applicants for this award must be full-time Undergraduate Anthropology Majors. To apply for this award, submit the following using our online application: a faculty letter of endorsement, a 2-page proposal, your projected budget, and your contact information. The proposal should detail the necessity of the award for carrying out your research project or the importance and nature of your participation in an academic conference. Special consideration will be given to concrete, well-conceived research projects endorsed by a faculty member. 

Applications must be submitted electronically by 8:00am on the deadline. All winners are asked to write a letter of appreciation to the donors. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 14th, 2016


Questions? Contact the Anthropology Undergraduate Adviser, Molly Segale