Two 2022 Graduate Students Win New Anthropology Award
Two Anthropology graduate students finished their academic year with a welcome surprise. PhD student Lee Johns and master’s student Emma Tinker-Fortel both received the first-ever Nolan Award for Academic Excellence and Service.
The award is named after Justin Nolan, an alum who earned a master’s in 1996 and a PhD in 2000, both in Anthropology. Nolan continued on to have a successful career until his untimely death of a heart attack at age 48 in May 2020. The Nolan Award is funded from a substantial gift he bequeathed to the department in his last will and testament.
“Justin’s only specification is it (his gift) be used for graduate education,” said Lisa Sattenspiel, department chair and Anthropology Professor. “Our department’s faculty decided to use his generous gift to create a meaningful award that allows us to honor our most successful graduate students who are in the middle of the PhD or master’s program.”