Supporting Student Research

The Albert A. Dahlberg Prize is awarded annually to the best student paper submitted to the Dental Anthropology Association (DAA). Dr. Dahlberg was a professor at the University of Chicago, one of the founders of the International Dental Morphology Symposia, and among the first modern researchers to describe variations in dental morphology and to write cogently about these variations, their origins and importance. The prize endowed from the Albert A. Dahlberg Fund established through generous gifts by Mrs. Thelma Dahlberg and other members from the Association. 

Papers may be on any subject related to dental anthropology. Topics include human and primate anatomy/development, paleoanthropology, diet/health, bioarchaeology, human and primate evolution, human and primate morphology/metrics, or any field that draws upon dental data. The recipient of the Albert A. Dahlberg Student prize will receive a cash award, a one-year membership in the Dental Anthropology Association, and an invitation to publish the paper in Dental Anthropologythe journal of the association. 

Deadlines and instructions for submission will be posted in advance of the Annual Meeting of the DAA, which is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.  Please contact the President of the DAA with any enquiries. 

Submission information for 2018:

Interested students should submit an electronic PDF of his or her paper in English to the Chair of the Student Prize Committee. Manuscripts must be received by APRIL 1, 2018 to be considered for the 2018 Alber A. Dahlberg Prize. The manuscript submission style must follow that of Dental Anthropology (see our style guide). 

A letter should accompany the manuscript from the student's supervisor indicating that the individual is the primary author of the research and of the paper. Multiple authorship is acceptable, but the majority of the research and writing must be the obvious work of the student applying for the prize. Send enquiries and submissions to: 

Dr. Cathy Willernet
Chair, DAA Student Prize Committee
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Anspach 142
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Looking to help? 

Donations are welcome from members and non-members alike. Contributions will be used to fund student prizes, which helps supports the scholars of the future. See our membership page to donate. 

Previous Winners

  • 2017: 
    • Kathleen Paul, for her paper on biological kinship based on deciduous versus permanent      teeth.
  • 2016:  
    • Evelyn Glaze, for her paper on molar size patterns in Paranthropus
    • Amy Michael, for her paper on dental history in samples form a Maya Rock Shelter 
  • 2015: