Undergraduate Anthropology Program

Awards and Scholarships


Graduating senior awards are given to outstanding anthropology majors and are nominated by faculty members. These awards are given in the spring semester just prior to graduation ceremonies.
Cover of Opler's book

Left: Book by award namesake Morris Opler.

Iva Schmidt Springstead Award: The Springstead Award recognizes the best overall graduating senior in anthropology. The recipient's name is engraved on a plaque located in the department lounge. 

Graduating Senior Award for Achievement in Biological Anthropology: This is a merit award for outstanding endeavors in biological anthropology.

Graduating Senior Award for Achievement in Archaeology: This is a merit award for outstanding endeavors in archaeology.

William Bittle Award: This is a merit award for outstanding endeavors in linguistic anthropology.

 Morris E. Opler Award: The Opler Award was established to recognize a graduating senior for outstanding endeavors in cultural anthropology. The recipient's name is engraved on a plaque located in the department lounge. 

Graduating Senior Award for Achievement in Anthropology: This award recognizes graduating seniors for merit in their anthropological endeavors. 


The University of Oklahoma has a variety of scholarship opportunities. Please see the College of Arts and Sciences scholarship page and the University of Oklahoma scholarship page for more information including deadlines and application procedures.

The Department of Anthropology sponsors two annual scholarship competitions for the Bowman Scholarship (Spring) and the Rain Vehik Award (Fall and Spring).

To apply for theBowman Scholarship, you must use the online University of Oklahoma scholarship page (CASH). The application portal opens on Saturday, October 1. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2017. FAFSA also opens on October 1 this year. By applying for scholarships through CASH, students are eligible for general University scholarships, departmental scholarships, college-wide scholarships, financial aid scholarships, Sooner Heritage scholarships, study abroad scholarships, Work Assistance, among many other opportunities on campus. We encourage you to apply early to ensure that you have plenty of time to compose your essays and to request any letters of recommendation, if applicable.

Proposals for the Rain Vehik award are due October 15 and April 1To Apply, download and fill out the Application Form.


Rain Vehik Award

The Rain Vehik Memorial Fund offers grants to Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, students participating in scholarly conferences and workshops. The grants are designed to encourage anthropology students to actively contribute to professional conferences. The awards are not meant to stand alone but are intended to supplement other resources, such as those provided by the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate College. Higher priority is given to students attending the annual Plains Anthropological Conference, although awards for other conferences will be granted if sufficient funds are available. Awards may also vary in amount depending on the level of participation. Students not formally participating in the conference (i.e., paper, poster, or workshop participant) are not eligible for awards. Each student is eligible for only one award per academic year.

Eligibility Requirements
 The applicant must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma. Preference will be given to anthropology graduate students or anthropology undergraduate majors, although others may be considered. The applicant must be in good standing within his or her department.

Eligible Expenses

  • Conference registration fees.
  • Travel expenses: plane, train, or bus fares, car rental outside Oklahoma, airport parking, and mileage.
  • Lodging at current OU rates.
  • Food at current OU rates.
  • Awardees must work with the department secretary before any travel is arranged to be certain that university requirements are met.