Lauren E. Deal (BA Anth 2009) has been awarded the Annual Student Essay Prize from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology for her paper "Fat Birds and Intercostals: Ideologies of Science and Poetry in Bel Canto Singing."
Lauren's paper is partly based on her 2007 research, funded by the GW Anthropology Department's Lewis N. Cotlow Fund, on vocal pedagogy in Buenos Aires and Washington, DC. She compared the use of figurative language in voice training within the cultural contexts of Argentina and the U.S.
Lauren will officially receive the award at the Society's business meeting in San Francisco next week. The SLA is meeting concurrently with the 107th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in which she is also a participant. Lauren is part of an invited poster session on "First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research."
The SLA awards two Student Essay Prizes a year, one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student. Winning papers must be original and based on research conducted by the author. They are evaluated on the basis of clarity, significance to the field, and substantive contribution and must be judged suitable for submission to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.