Bragging Rights: Anthropology Class Wins Essay Contest

Posted: May 10, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: May 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Congratulations to the 10 Public Anthropology Award Winners in professor Matthew Watson’s ANTH 114 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class who participated in a North American competition involving more than 3,000 students from 20 schools.

The competition was part of the Community Action Website Project sponsored by the Center for a Public Anthropology.

The students who wrote the winning essays are Emily Blouin, Rebecca Howell, Kathryn Leonelli, Macy Passawe, Kendra Prasad, Kaetlin Ritchie, Carina Scicchitano, Andrea Sorto, Chelsea Sutch and Lindsay Yowell.

For the competition, the students wrote opinion pieces on the question, “Are the National Science Foundation’s efforts at greater accountability — by having a statement regarding the benefits and outcomes of a funded project after the project’s completion — to be applauded or criticized?”

According to the Center for a Public Anthropology, Watson, term assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, “has played an integral part in Public Anthropology’s online student community, showcasing the ability of [Mason] students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. He demonstrates how combining technology with cultural concerns in academic courses positively engages students to participate in the broader world beyond their university, while gaining the skills needed for a productive, active life after graduation.”

The students’ award-winning essays are online.

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