President Alexander M. Ervin has announced that a panel of senior social scientists selected the winners of the 2019 Peter K. New Student Research Competition.

The first prize was won by Justin Raycraft, McGill University.  The title of his paper is “This is Allah’s Plan”: Local Perceptions of Environmental Change in Rural Tanzania." Raycraft will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and a crystal trophy. He will present his research at a special session at the 79thAnnual Meeting of the Society in Portland, March 21, 2019.

The judges selected a paper by Carey DeMichelis for second prize. Ms. DeMichelis is a student at the University of Toronto. The title of her paper is "Biomedical Refusal: Pediatric Decision Making and the Settler State."

Third prize was awarded to Peter Lee, University of Cambridge, for his paper “Caring without Curing: Parasites, Student Medical Brigades, and Transitory Care in Rural Nicaragua.”

The Peter K. New Student Research Competition is sponsored by the Society for Applied Anthropology.  The Competition is held each year and honors the memory of Peter Kong-ming New, a prominent medical sociologist/anthropologist who served as President of SfAA.

Additional information on the Competition and Award, including a list of previous winners, may be found on the SfAA web site (

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