Janet M. Fitchen was a professor of Anthropology at Ithaca College from 1977 until her untimely passing in 1995. She gained national recognition for her research on rural poverty in the U.S. She was the author of numerous articles and two books; Poverty in Rural America (1981) and Endangered Spaces, Enduring Places: Change, Identity, and Survival in Rural America (1991). In addition to her extensive research she was a distinguished teacher, recognized with a Dana Teaching Award in 1988. In her memory family, friends and colleagues established the endowment titled “The Janet Fitchen Student Development Fund” to support anthropology students at Ithaca College.
Please review the attached application form, procedures, eligibility requirements, and deadlines for these funding opportunities.
The Janet M. Fitchen Paper Award
This award is designed to honor an anthropology major or minor who has written an outstanding paper on some aspect of anthropology in their last academic year. While the competition is not restricted to papers written for Anthropology courses, all papers will be judged on anthropological content and quality. The paper must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages, include a bibliography, and human subjects approval, where necessary.
The awardees will receive $100.00 with a certificate noting their achievement at our annual Faculty/Student Department gathering, and their name inscribed on the Fitchen Awards plaque displayed in the Department hallway in Gannett. The awardee will also have the opportunity to meet with the committee to mutually decide upon a new book in the field of anthropology for the IC library. The book will be purchased by the Anthropology Department and donated to the Gannett Library in recognition of the recipient of the paper award and in honor of Janet M. Fitchen.
Deadline: October 30 (Fall) and March 30 (Spring) [deadline subject to change)
Procedures for Submitting a Paper: Students are responsible for filling out the attached application form and submitting a copy of the paper to the Chair of the Anthropology Department by the deadline. If the submitted paper is a revision, a copy of the original paper should be appended to the application. The Chair will distribute the paper to the review committee.
Composition of Review Committee: A panel made up of faculty members will review the papers. The review committee will assess the paper on the basis of its originality, sophistication, quality, organization, clarity and anthropological content. Applicants will be notified via mail of the outcome of their application.
Fitchen Fund Application Checklist
*Attach this checklist to the front of your application.
Type of Funding/Award Request:
Professional Development or Research Grant
Fitchen Paper Award
Fitchen Service Award