Undergraduate Program in Anthropology

Spring 2021 awards

The Anthropology Department is pleased to announce our spring 2021 awards!

Henry Rutgers Scholar Awards

These awards recognize the outstanding theses among Rutgers SAS students for the academic year. To be considered for a Henry Rutgers Scholar Award, a student must have presented his/her research at the Aresty Research Center Symposium, a department-based research event, or a professional conference.

Michelle Fan
Gabrielle Rosenthal


Anthropology Department 12th Annual Honors Symposium Awards

Honors students’ presentations of their work are judged based on the merits of the thesis work and quality of presentation.

Michelle Fan – First Prize

  pdf Honors Symposium Program spring 2021 (1.07 MB)


Anthropology Department Honors Student Awards

Following the defense of their theses, honors students are given a designation by their advisors and second readers, according to this scale:

“Honors” is a considerable accomplishment and should be given to 60-70% of acceptable projects.
“High honors” should mark work that shows unusual excellence and/or effort in research and should be given to no more than 20-30% of the projects.
“Highest honors” should be awarded occasionally for work that might be publishable in a scholarly journal
 “Interdisciplinary Honors” is awarded to students successfully defending a thesis through the interdisciplinary honors program

Michelle Fan - Highest Honors
Research topic: Women and Revolution: The Making and Remaking of Hong Kong Ethnic Identity; Advisor Pilar Rau, Second Reader Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi; Major Cultural Anthropology, Minor Gender and Media

Lucia Firbas Torres - Interdisciplinary Honors
Research topic: Behind the Facades: Haussmannization and Gender through Zola’s Paris; Advisors Bridget Purcell and Jennifer Tamas (French); Majors Anthropology and French

A J (Alfred) Kelvy – High Honors
Research topic: Wine Production at the Roman Villa near Vacone: A Comparative Analysis; Advisor Gary Farney (Rutgers Newark), Second Reader Dan Cabanes; Major Evolutionary Anthropology, Minor Earth and Planetary Sciences

Gabrielle Rosenthal – Highest Honors
Research topic: Impacts of wildfire on wild Bornean orangutans; Advisor Erin Vogel, Second Reader Ryne Palombit; Major Evolutionary Anthropology, Minor Ecology, Evolution, Natural Resources


Paul Robeson Scholars

The School of Arts and Sciences has long continued the Livingston College tradition of designating students who complete a senior thesis as a Paul Robeson Scholars. Robeson, an accomplished and extraordinary student, wrote a senior thesis, The Fourteenth Amendment, the Sleeping Giant of the American Constitution, which fueled his famed valedictory address, The New Idealism.

Matthew Baldes
Olivia Boss
Brianna Christian
Rohan Ferriols Alibutud
Christopher Kotkin
Nishita Patel
Frank Short




Departmental Chair
Ryne Palombit
Email - Ryne Palombit
Fall 21 Office Hrs.

Monday 5:30-6:30 pm, virtual
Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm, virtual

Undergraduate Director
Robert S. Scott
Email - Robert S. Scott
Office Hours: virtual, by arrangement

Undergraduate Assistant
Maydelle Romero
Email - Maydelle Romero
Available by email M-F 9-5