National Anthropology Honor Society


Alpha Chapter of Indiana

 Department of Anthropology, Ball State University


What is Lambda Alpha?

Established in 1968, Lambda Alpha is a national honor society founded to promote the study of anthropology.  The name Lambda Alpha is composed of the initial letters of the Greek words LOGOS ANTHROPOU, meaning "The Study of Humans."  Alpha of Indiana is the Lambda Alpha chapter in the Department of Anthropology at Ball State University.


Lambda Alpha Recognizes Student Achievement

As an honor society, Lambda Alpha acknowledges superiority and provides incentives for exceptional performance by granting certificates of accomplishment.  This provides an opportunity for faculty and students to work together on mutually advantageous projects.  Lambda Alpha awards two national scholarships, and international research grants annually.  A $5,000 scholarship is given to a deserving graduating senior majoring in anthropology.  The society also sponsors a Graduate Overseas Research Grant Competition ($1,000-4,000).  Only applicants from chartered chapters qualify to compete for these awards.  The editorial policy of the Lambda Alpha Journal provides for 50 percent of its space to be reserved for student publication.  This offers students a unique opportunity to publish while still in school and to see their work in print in a respected national journal.  Lambda Alpha also sponsors an annual student conference.


Become a Member of Alpha Chapter of Indiana

The necessary qualifications to become a lifetime member of Alpha Chapter of Indiana are:

Undergraduate Students:

1.  must have completed 12 semester hours course work in anthropology;

2.  have an anthropology G.P.A. of 3.0 and;

3.  have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5.

Graduate Students:

1.  are admitted to the departmental graduate program, and

2.  have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.25.

If you meet the above qualifications, fill out the lifetime membership card (obtain from Dr. Mark Groover), issue a check for $25 (includes cost of certificate and ID card) payable to Lambda Alpha, then give your card and check to Dr. Mark Groover, Alpha of Indiana Chapter faculty sponsor for confirmation.  Your membership request will then forwarded to Ms. Barbara Di Fabio (Administrative Coordinator, Lambda Alpha Nat'l Office, BSU BB 319A) for processing.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Mark Groover, faculty sponsor for Alpha of Indiana Chapter, Department of Anthropology, Ball State University, Burkhardt Building, Room 305, email: mdgroover@bsu.edu

Dr. B.K. Swartz, Jr., National Executive Secretary, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, email: 01bkswartz@bsu.edu

Ms. Barbara Di Fabio, Administrative Coordinator for Lambda Alpha Nat'l Office, Department of Anthropology, Ball State University, Burkhardt Building, Room 319A, department phone: 765-285-5297


Link to the Lambda Alpha National web page


Alpha Chapter of Indiana Members, 1968-2005 (pdf file)


                                                Alpha Chapter of Indiana,
                                                New Members 2008-2005

                                                            Brent Alexander   

                                                            Jennifer Banning

                                                            Pedro Bassoe                          

                                                            Christy Blanch              

                                                            Madelyn Boesen                    

                                                            Kristopher Burnitz  

                                                            Rocky Burton    

                                                            Darren DeBruhl            

                                                            Ciara Chic                    

                                                            Jacob Clere                    

                                                            James Combs

                                                            Meg Cross                

                                                            Kevin Foster                 

                                                            Mark Groover               

                                                            Chris Guillon

                                                            Elizabeth Haeuptle

                                                            Amber Hoskins

                                                            Chris Keller

                                                            Sarah Kennedy                                         

                                                            Craig Knox

                                                            Michael Lautzenheiser

                                                            Erika Layton

                                                            Lauren McNichols

                                                            Jamie Scott Meece

                                                            Francine Melia

                                                            Erin Miller

                                                            Gennie Nguyen

                                                            Andrew Ozga

                                                            Virginia Pleasant

                                                            Janilee Plummer

                                                            Christine Pratt

                                                            Brigitta Szocs

                                                            Matthew Sharp

                                                            Fadi Tayim

                                                            Carolyn Turner

                                                            Steven Viall

                                                            Mindy Ward

                                                            Jamie Whitaker

                                                            Vanessa Wirth

                                                            Jennifer Wyatt


Major Scholarships Available to Ball State Students

(Please check with listed faculty members and web pages for specific details and application deadlines)

* Fulbright   - study abroad (beyond the bachelor's degree) in any field, to increase cross-cultural understanding; recipients usually plan their own program of study

          Deadline: Oct. 20

          Campus deadline: Sept. 29

          To apply, contact Dr. Dom Caristi, 285-9278, dgcaristi@bsu.edu

          Fulbright website: www.iie.org/Fulbright

* Gates Cambridge  - one to four years of study at Cambridge University, beyond a first bachelor's degree, to improve the lives of the world's citizens

          Deadline: Oct. 15

          Gates Cambridge website:  www.gates.scholarships.cam.ac.uk/

* Goldwater  - undergraduate study aimed at a career in science, math, or engineering

          Deadline: Feb. 1

          Campus deadline: Jan. 12   

          Goldwater website: www.act.org/goldwater/yybull.html

* Jack Kent Cooke  - graduate study for individuals who demonstrate overall excellence and unmet financial need

          Deadline: Mar. 15

          Campus deadline: Feb. 16

          Jack Kent Cooke website:


* Javits  - graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences

          Deadline: Oct. 6

          Javits website: www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsjavits

* Madison  - master's-level study for individuals who plan to teach American history, American government, and/or social studies in grades 7-12

          Deadline:  Mar. 1

          Madison website: www.jamesmadison.com/

* Marshall  - undergraduate and graduate study, in any discipline, at a university in the United Kingdom

          Deadline: Oct. 4

          Campus deadline: Sept. 1

          Pre-application for 2007 competition: May 1, 2007

          Marshall website: www.marshallscholarship.org/

* Mitchell  - graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland

          Deadline: Oct. 6

          Campus deadline: Sept. 1

          Mitchell website: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/

* National Science Foundation  (NSF) - graduate research in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences (for women, also graduate research in engineering or computer and information science and engineering)

          Deadline: Nov. 1-13 (varies by discipline)

          NSF Fast Lane webpage: www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/

* National Security Education Program (Boren)  (NSEP) - undergraduate study abroad of languages, cultures, and world regions outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

          Deadline: Feb. 13

          NSEP website:


* Rhodes  - graduate study at Oxford University

          Deadline: Oct. 2

          Campus deadline: Sept. 1

          Pre-application for 2007 competition: May 6, 2007

          Rhodes website: www.rhodesscholar.org/

* Rotary  - undergraduate study abroad; graduate study is also funded in conflict resolution, peace studies, and international relations

          Local club deadline: mid-March

          To apply, contact Donald Whitaker, 285-1337

          Rotary website: www.rotary.org/foundation/educational/

* Soros  - graduate study by immigrants or first-generation Americans

          Deadline: Nov. 1

          Soros website: www.pdsoros.org/

* Truman - graduate study leading to a career in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector, with the aim of improving the conditions of society

          Deadline: Feb. 5

          Campus deadline: Jan. 12

          Truman website: www.truman.gov/

* Udall - undergraduate study leading to a career related to the environment, Native American health care, or tribal public policy

          Deadline:  Mar. 6

          Campus deadline: Feb. 5

          To apply, contact Dr. Hugh Brown, 285-5788

          Udall website: udall.gov/

* USA Today All-USA College Academic Team   - cash award for undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, creativity, and leadership on and off campus

          Deadline: Nov. 30

          USA Today website: www.allstars.usatoday.com

To apply, students should contact Dr. Barbara Stedman in the Honors College

Link to Honors College Scholarship Information:




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