Lambda Alpha
National Anthropology Honor Society

Beta Chapter of Hawai'i
Department of Anthropology
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

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What is Lambda Alpha?

Lambda Alpha is a National Anthropology Honor Society that was established in 1968 to promote the study of anthropology by acknowledging and recognizing students for their exemplary contributions and achievements. The name Lambda Alpha stems from the Greek words “LOGOS ANTHROPOU” meaning “The study of humans.” The National Office for Lambda Alpha is located at Ball State University. Our chapter, Beta of Hawaii, was established in Spring 2009.

See Lambda Alpha national home page for more information.

Requirements for membership:

The minimum requirements to become a lifetime member of Beta of Hawaii are:

Undergraduate Students:

  1. Must have completed 12 semester hours of coursework in anthropology;
  2. Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.25 in anthropology;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 3.0.

Graduate Students:

  1. Have been officially admitted to the departmental graduate program;
  2. Have minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5.

If you meet the above requirements, please contact the department chair, or for further information. (The membership fee is a one-time lifetime membership fee of $25.00 that will be submitted to the National Lambda Alpha Office).

Lambda Alpha Awards and Grants:

Lambda Alpha awards two national scholarships and international research grants annually. A $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating Senior majoring in anthropology. It also sponsors a Graduate Overseas Research Grant competition ($1,000 - $4,000). Only members who belong to chartered chapters are eligible to compete for these awards and grants.

UH Anthropology's Neal Akatsuka has recieved the National Lambda Alpha Scholarship Award for 2010. This is given to one graduating senior in the United States each year based on a review of academic achievement and written work. Mr. Akatsuka's undergraduate research focuses on public cultural debates in Japan concerning genetically modified food.

Lambda Alpha Journal

The Lambda Alpha Journal of Man reserves 50% of its space for student publications. This offers students an opportunity to have their work published in a respectable national journal.


Please email at least a month prior to your graduation to have your name listed on the commencement program.

The Lambda Alpha stoles and pins should be ordered directly through the National Lambda Alpha office at least a month prior to your expected graduation. Click here for the order form.

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