Silver Medal Award

The department of anthropology annually awards its Silver Medal for Academic Excellence in Anthropology prize to a 3rd or 4th year anthropology student. The award winner is chosen from among our most highly achieving students, taking into consideration the activities and contributions to departmental life made by the student. The intention is to honour an excellent, all-round promising anthropologist.

Prior to 2011, the recipient was chosen at the end of the winter term with the formal presentation of the medal taking place in the fall term. However, this event will now take place in the winter term, closer to the time of graduation, so that the recipient can celebrate with his or her fellow graduating class members. The students who have won this medal have focused on various subfields of anthropology, including physical anthropology, archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and joint majors, as well as being enrolled in both the regular and co-operative programs.

The Silver Medal has been awarded annually since 1985. See our historical list of recipients.

The 2019 Silver Medal has been awarded to Benjamin Bonsma.

Citizenship Award

Each year, the department of anthropology recognizes one or two outstanding and well-rounded students who have shown exceptional commitment to the department and the University of Waterloo as a whole. Successful candidates will have demonstrated enthusiasm, respectfulness, a positive attitude, hard work, and academic excellence while progressing toward a degree majoring in anthropology. Recipients receive a monetary award of $250 and their names are engraved on a plaque displayed in the department.

Our 2018 Citizenship Award recipients are Danielle Fernandes and Daniela Fortino.

See the Student Awards and Financial Aid web page for further details.