CASTAC Graduate Student Paper Prize

Since 2015, the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) has awarded a graduate student paper prize in recognition of excellent work by rising scholars. The prize is awarded to a paper that exemplifies innovative research at the intersection of anthropology and science and technology studies, demonstrating theoretical sophistication and an appreciation of the methodological challenges facing the anthropology of science and technology. The winner of the prize will be recognized during the AAA meetings and will receive a certificate and $100 cash award, sponsored by the AAA’s General Anthropology Division.

2016 Submission Guidelines

  • Papers should be blinded, with the author’s name and any implicating citations removed. Please remember to include your name and affiliation in the email with your submission.
  • Papers must be between 6,000 and 9,000 words, and they must be unpublished at the time of submission. (Papers that have been submitted for publication are permitted.)
  • Authors must be graduate students at the time of submission.

Please send papers for consideration to, as email attachments in Word format. Submissions must be received by Thursday, June 30th to be considered for this year’s prize. Any questions can be directed to Nick Seaver (

For more information about CASTAC, please visit our website. CASTAC also awards the Forsythe Prize, for the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, or technology, including biomedicine. For more information on the Forsythe Prize, see the Forsythe Prize page.