The McCown Prize

About the McCown Prize

The McCown Prize is awarded to the graduating senior judged to be the most outstanding Anthropology student in the class--someone that is BOTH an amazing student, and who has been actively engaged in the Anthropology community and ideally the community at large. Evidence of distinction in work done outside the Department may be taken into account, but McCown is primarily to reward for excellence in the work of the department.

A minimum 3.6 GPA in their major course work and a minimum overall UC GPA of 3.5 is required. Submit two letters of recommendation from faculty, two papers written for upper-division Anthropology courses, a resume/CV, and an essay of no more than 1 page.


2020 Award Winners: 

Nathan Tilton 

Thesis: Discipline and Disable: How the Department of Veterans Affairs Disables Veterans


Jordan Kobylt

Thesis: Social Mosaics and Stone Tapestries: Using Puuc architecture to examine social relationships in the northwestern Yucatán Peninsula