Cordell/Powers Prize Competition
About the Competition
The Cordell and Powers Prize is a competition that honors Linda S. Cordell and Robert P. Powers: teachers, mentors, advisors, and friends to countless Southwestern archaeologists. The top prize will be awarded for the two best extemporaneous talks presented at the 2020 Pecos Conference by archaeologists 35 years of age or younger. Both top winners will be awarded $700 along with the Cordell and the Powers prize objects, respectively. Additional awards will include second place ($550), third place ($400), 2 honorable mentions ($175), and 4 participation prizes ($75). Previous winners of the Cordell or the Powers Prize are ineligible to re-enter the competition.
Only single-authored papers will be considered for the competition. Presentations are limited to 10 minutes. Because the Pecos Conference is held outdoors, audiovisuals and electronic media are not permitted. The presentations are judged on delivery, ability to engage the audience, organization and professionalism of the presentation, interest and importance of the subject matter, and the speaker’s adherence to the time limit.
As the 2020 Pecos Conference has been cancelled, there will be no Cordell-Powers Prize Competition this year. In recognition of this fact the age limit for the 2021 Cordell-Powers Prize Competition will be temporarily raised from 35 to 36. The submission process for next year will remain the same. Potential contestants should send a title, 100-word abstract, and proof of age to 2021 Pecos Conference organizer Charles Riggs (RIGGS_C@fortlewis.edu) and CP Prize Committee Chair Kellam Throgmorton (email@example.com) between July 1 – July 25, 2021. Please note that the paper acceptance procedure has changed – to discourage procrastinators and to make the conference organizers’ lives easier, we plan to accept the FIRST TEN applications we receive.
HOW TO APPLY
The Cordell-Powers Prize Committee would like to thank the many, many people who make this contest possible. We are grateful for all of our generous donors, particularly Mr. and Mrs. John Hinhant, Joe the Book Guy, and all the contributors to the Silent Auction. We have all enjoyed a very high quality of contestant presentations, and we are thankful to all of our entrants for their contributions. Second, third, and fourth-place winners to date have included Robert Bischoff, Valerie Bondura, Joseph Bryce, Tanya Chiykowski, Cody Dopra, Erina Gruner, Elizabeth Hora- Cook, Katie Richards, and David Sabata. The contest could not operate without the time and effort contributed by all the many people who have served as judges from 2014 to the present. To date, judges have included Erin Baxter, Ben Bellorado, Kyle Bocinsky, Cathy Cameron, Helen Crotty, Ethan Ortega, Kelley Hays-Gilpin, Joan Mathien, Helen O’Brien, Bob Powers, Paul Reed, Lori Stephens, Kellam Throgmorton, Ruth Van Dyke, Laurie Webster, and Rob Weiner. If you would like to judge, let one of us know! The steering committee is chaired by Joan Mathien and consists of Cathy Cameron, Helen O’Brien, Cory Breternitz, Kellam Throgmorton, and Ruth Van Dyke. If you would like to be involved in the steering committee, please talk with one of us.
Finally and most importantly, we thank Linda and Bob for their inspiration and mentorship, and for this terrific Pecos legacy. We know they would be proud of all the CPP contestants, past, present, and future.