Friends of World Anthropology are UNLV anthropology alumni, community members from Las Vegas and nationwide, and UNLV faculty, staff, and students who support the excellent research, publication, and teaching being done by the Department of Anthropology.

Friends of World Anthropology brings anthropology in all its forms to the Southern Nevada community through its financial and volunteer support. A strong, vibrant and continuing relationship between the greater Las Vegas community and UNLV is nurtured and facilitated through the shared interests in and love of anthropology.

By donating to Friends of World Anthropology, you become part of the long tradition of supporting world-renowned scholars and speakers at UNLV. Donors regularly meet with professors for tours of laboratories on campus and attend special events and dinners with local and visiting scholars.

Contributions to Friends of World Anthropology support merit-based stipends for research, travel, and presentations at meetings by the very active group of Anthropology graduate students at UNLV.

2020 Friends of World Anthropology Awards

  • Elizabeth Johnson

2019 Friends of World Anthropology Awards

  • Joseph Curran
  • Danny Perez
  • Alesha Pettit
  • Trevor Pollom
  • Danielle Romero
  • Jacob White
  • William Willis

2018 Friends of World Anthropology Awards

  • Kristen Herlosky – Maternal Health and Birthing Practices among the Hadza Hunter-Gatherers of Tanzania, East Africa
  • Alex Nelson (Travel Award) – Travel to Professional Conference to Present PhD Findings: Society for Applied Anthropologists, Philadelphia, PA.

2017 Friends of World Anthropology Awards

Thanks to the generous support of UNLV Anthropology alumni and community members, the Friends of World Anthropology have announced the 2017 FWA Awards for research, travel, and presentation of papers at major conferences. The Anthropology Department Scholarship Committee chose the award winners based on their proposals and the impact that the funding will have in furthering the development of their careers. The awardees are:​

  • Maryann Calleja – Indicators of Health in Relation to Climate: Creating Bioarchaeological Baselines for Ancient Arabian Research
  • Claira Ralston – The Belen Plaza Vieja Preservation Project: Excavation, Preservation, and Conservation of a Historic Genizaro Community
  • Tim McHale (Travel Award) – Travel to Professional Conference to Present PhD Findings: Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Boise, ID
  • Kristen Herlosky – Spatial Cognition and Navagation (SCAN) Among Hadza Children

The Friends of World Anthropology was created in 2011 to raise community awareness of the work being done worldwide by the faculty and students of the UNLV Anthropology Department, and to raise funds for support of graduate student travel, research, and presentations. All donated funds are managed through the UNLV Foundation.

For more information, contact Daniel Benyshek, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, at 702-895-3590.

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