The Peter K. New Award

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The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) announces an annual student research competition in the applied social and behavioral sciences. The first place winner of the Competition will receive a cash prize of $3,000 as well as $350 to partially offset the cost of transportation and 2 nights lodging at the annual meeting of the Society. In addition, the winner receives an engraved Baccarat crystal trophy. Cash prizes of $1,500 to second place and $750 to third place will also be given as well as a $350 travel stipend and 2 nights lodging.

The award honors the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist-anthropologist and former president of the SfAA. The award will be given to the best paper which reports on an applied research project in the social/behavioral sciences. The research question should be in the domain of health care or human services (broadly construed). Please see the guidelines by clicking on the link below for additional information. Awardees are required to provide SfAA with a bio, picture, and travel receipts to receive payment. The paper must be submitted to the SfAA Business Office no later than November 30 through the online portal

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The Competition is open to any person who was registered as a student at the graduate or undergraduate level in a college or university during the most recent calendar year. An eligible student is one who does not have a previously-earned doctoral degree. For example, a person with an M.D. degree who is registered as a student in a Ph.D. program is not eligible, and vice versa.

To be eligible, the manuscript should report on research that in large measure has not been previously published. The competition will be limited to manuscripts that have a single author; multiple-authored papers will not be eligible.

The winner of the Competition must be available to attend the annual meeting of the Society and present the paper. The winner is also expected to submit the paper to our journal, Human Organization, for review and possible publication. Students who have previously won either first or second place in the Peter K. New Competition are not eligible in subsequent years.


The paper should be double-spaced and must be less than 45 pages in length (this includes footnotes, tables, and appendices). Please note that papers longer than the 45 page limit will not be forwarded to the judges. The paper should conform to the guidelines of conventional style manuals. 

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The research and the paper should use the social/behavioral sciences to address in an applied fashion an issue or question in the domain (broadly construed) of health care or human services.


All submissions must be received in the Business Office of the Society by November 30. The judging for the Competition will begin in December. The winner will be announced in early January. The winner will be recognized and the paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society.


The papers will be evaluated on the basis of the following general criteria:

  • Originality
  • Research design/method
  • Clarity of analysis and presentation
  • Contribution to the social/behavioral sciences


The first place winner of the Competition will receive a cash prize of $3,000. In addition, the winner will also receive a Baccarat crystal trophy.  Second place will receive $1,500 and third $750. All winners will receive a sum of $350 to partially offset the cost of transportation and 2 nights lodging at the annual meeting of the Society.

Several winning manuscripts from previous years have been published. Potential applicants may wish to review these articles.

Devon D. Brewer, "Hip Hop Graffiti Writers’ Evaluations of Strategies to Control Illegal Graffiti," Human Organization, volume 51, #2 (Summer, 1992), pp. 188-196. First Prize Winner, 1991.

Elizabeth L. Krause, "The Looking Glass of Historic Preservation in Micronesia: A Reflection of Modernization and Changing Values," Human Organization, volume 51, #2 (Summer, 1992), pp. 197-201. Second Prize Winner, 1991.

Nancy Romero-Daza, "Multiple Sexual Partners, Migrant Labor and the Makings of an Epidemic," Human Organization, volume 53, #2 (Summer, 1994) pp. 192-205. First Prize Winner, 1993.

Peter Hessler, "Sikestown: An Ethnography of a Town and Its Youth," Human Organization, volume 52, #3 (Fall, 1993), pp. 316-324. Second Prize Winner, 1992.

Gery W. Ryan , "Can We Predict What Mothers Do: Modeling Childhood Diarrhea in Rural Mexico," Human Organization, volume 55, #1 (Spring, 1996), pp. 47-57. First Prize Winner, 1992.

Sandy Smith-Nonini, "Primary Health Care and its Unfulfilled Promise of Community Participation: Lessons from a Salvadoran War Zone," Human Organization, volume 56, #3 (Fall, 1997) pp. 364-374. First Prize Winner, 1995.

Melissa A. Checker, "‘It’s In the Air’: Redefining the Environment as a New Metaphor for Old Social Justice Struggles," Human Organization, volume 61, #1 (Spring, 2002) pp. 94-105. First Prize Winner, 1999.

Andrew M. Gardner, “The Long Haul from Deregulation: Truck Drivers and Social Capital in the Louisiana Oilpatch”, Human Organization, Vol. 61, #4 (Winter, 2002), pp. 390-398.  First Prize Winner, 2000.

Miriam Williams Boeri, “’Hell, I’m an Addict, But I Ain’t No Junkie’: An Ethnographic Analysis of Aging Heroin Users”, Human Organization, Vol. 63, #2 (Summer 2004), pp. 236-245.  First Prize Winner, 2001.

Bryan Tilt, “Perceptions of Risk from Industrial Pollution in China: A Comparison of Occupational Groups”, Human Organization, Vol. 65 #2 (Summer 2006), pp. 115-127.  First Prize Winner 2004.

Xianghong Feng, “Preliminary Evaluation of the Socioeconomic Impacts of Tourism Development in Fenghuang County, China,” Human Organization, Vol. 67 #2 (Summer 2008), First Prize Winner 2005.

Jennifer R. Wies, “Professionalizing Human Services: A Case of Domestic Violence Shelter Advocates,” Human Organization, Vol. 67 #2 (Summer 2008), First Prize Winner 2006.

Sheena Nahm, “Between Stigma and Demand,” Human Organization, Vol. 68 #4 (Winter 2009), First Prize Winner 2008.

Karen E. Dyer, “From Cancer to Sexually Transmitted Infection: Explorations of Social Stigma among Cervical Cancer Survivors,” Human Organization, Vol. 69 #4 (Winter 2010), First Prize Winner 2009.

Robin Valenzuela (2016) “The Nashville John School: Affective Governance and the Reintegrative Shaming Approach.” Human Organization: Fall 2016, Vol. 75, No. 3, pp. 249-257


Previous Winners