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— Fred Plog Memorial Fellowship —

Current Committee Charge: The committee solicits proposals and selects recipients for the Fred Plog Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship is presented in support of research to a graduate student with ABD status who is writing a dissertation on the American Southwest or northern Mexico or on a topic, such as culture change or regional interactions, on which Fred Plog did research.

Committee Composition: Committee composition is one chair and at least four members.

Term Length: Term length is three years. Individuals ending their terms cycle off the committee at the close of the Business Meeting held during the annual SAA Meeting, and new appointees begin their terms at this time.

Award Cycle: Not applicable.

Committee Chair and End of Term: Maxine McBrinn [2015]

*Committee Chair Contact Information: Maxine McBrinn, Curator of Archaeology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087, Tel: 505-476-1260, Email: maxine.mcbrinn@state.nm.us

Committee Members and Ends of Terms: Samuel Duwe [2017], Donna M. Glowacki [2015], Judith A. Habicht-Mauche [2015], Karen Harry [2017], Adam Watson [2015]

Committee on Awards Chair: Heather A. Lapham [2015]

Board Liaison to Award Committees: Suzanne K. Fish [2015]

*Award Description: An award of $1,000 is presented in memory of the late Fred Plog to support the research of a graduate student with ABD who is writing a dissertation on the North American Southwest or northern Mexico or on a topic, such as culture change or regional interactions, on which Fred Plog did research. In the case of a tie, the award is split equally between the fellows.

*Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award: All student members of SAA in good standing who are ABD by the time the award is made at the Annual Meeting of the SAA are eligible to apply for the award.

*Nomination/Submission Materials Required: The application consists of 1) a research proposal no more than three single-space pages long (not including bibliography and tables/figures) that describes the research and its potential contributions to American archaeology, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) two letters of support, including one from the dissertation chair that indicates the expected date of completion of the dissertation.

*Nomination/Submission Deadline: November 1, 2014

Other Special Requirements: All nominees must be ABD by the time the award is made at the Annual Meeting of the SAA.

Selection or Evaluation Criteria: Committee members evaluate applications according to the merit and quality of applicant’s research plan; the relevance of the research project to work in the North American Southwest or northern Mexico or on a topic, such as culture change or regional interactions, on which Fred Plog did research; the letters of support; and the academic record based on the curriculum vita. How the funds would be used to complete the dissertation will be an aspect of the evaluation.

Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue): Electronic copies of applications are circulated to committee members during the week after the submission deadline. Committee members rank applications on scale of 1-3 (3 = highest) and submit rankings to the chair by the third week of November. No later than the first week of December, the committee chair distributes the tabulated rankings to the committee and coordinates a conference call or email discussion to select a fellow.

Nature of Award (e.g. monetary, medal, symposium): The award winner receives $1000. In the case of more than one fellow being selected, the award amount is split equally. In addition, the awardee is recognized by the SAA through a plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The SAA Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website.

Awardees

2014    Christopher W. Merriman and Kathryn J. Putsavage

Christopher Merriman and Kathryn Putsavage share the Fred Plog Memorial Fellowship to support their innovative doctoral research in the US Southwest. Merriman is examining human adaptations to climate change in the Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene transition in the American Southwest and Great Plains. He is combining theoretical models of expected foraging behavior with climate information derived through geomorphlogical studies. Kathryn Putsavage is using the Black Mountain type site for the post-Mimbres to better understand the scale, timing, and nature of the Classic Mimbres to post-Mimbres transition. Her research uses pottery and obsidian sourcing to reconstruct social and economic networks before, during, and after the Classic Mimbres period.

2013    Katherine A. Dungan

2012    Joshua Watts

2011    William Reitze

2010    Matthew Peeples

2009    Sam Duwe

2008    Deanna Grimstead

2007    Michael Mathiowetz and Todd Pitezel

2006    None

2005    Greg Schachner

2001    Deborah Huntley

1999    Sarah Herr

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