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Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Mississippi

Lambda Alpha

Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology recognizes students who have majored or minored in anthropology and earned outstanding academic achievements.

The purpose of the society is to encourage and stimulate scholarship and research in Anthropology by recognizing and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students, faculty and other persons engaged in the study of Anthropology. Seniors are eligible to be nominated for a $5000 student award and graduate students are eligible for Graduate Research Grants designed to encourage overseas thesis research. The award is variable, ranging from $2000-$6000.

The Gamma chapter of Mississippi was started at the University of Mississippi in 2003, and reactivated in Spring 2017. Dr. Matthew Murray serves as the advisor.


  • Undergraduates must be currently enrolled and have completed not less than twelve (12) semester hours or the equivalent in academic Anthropology. Undergraduates must have an average grade in these courses of not less than “B” or 3.0 and a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5.
  • Graduate students must be in good departmental standing with a 3.25 cumulative quality point average.
  • In those institutions with a joint Sociology/Anthropology department, Sociology courses not to exceed six (6) semester hours may be included for membership qualifications.

Membership is $25 and members receive a certificate and a copy of the official Lambda Alpha journal Journal of Man. Members can also order honors graduation stoles and/or cloisonné pins for their graduation gowns.

If you meet the above qualifications and have not been notified by the department, please contact Dr. Murray at

2019 Lambda Alpha Inductees

  • Emily Claire DeFelice
  • Brenna Gardner
  • Ti’Anna Marie Haning
  • Sophie Barbara Husslein
  • Arianna Faith Kitchens
  • Danielle Hope Martin
  • Ezell Mays
  • Caitlind Danielle Moudy
  • Gillian Steeno
  • Hayley Alyssa Walley
  • Jacob A. Harris
  • Rachel L. Smith
  • Dakota L. Street
  • Wilson A. Utley

2017 Lambda Alpha Inductees

  • Riley Anderson
  • Emily Clark
  • William Hudson
  • Martha Grace Mize
  • Hali Niles
  • Allison Smith
  • Shannon Wooten
  • Elizabeth Young