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Wake Forest student wins national anthropology award

March 27, 2008

Christina Chauvenet, a Wake Forest University senior, has been awarded first prize in the 2007 Peter K. New Student Research Competition by the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA).

Chauvenet won the award for her paper, “First Line of Defense:  Health Care Agents and Childhood Cancer in Recife, Brazil.”

The award will be presented on March 28 at the SFAA’s 68th Annual Meeting in Memphis, Tenn.  Her paper will be featured at a special session during the meeting.  Chauvenet will also receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a trophy.

Chauvenet is majoring in political science and minoring in Latin American Studies.

Working with Jeanne Simonelli, professor of anthropology at Wake Forest, Chauvenet evaluated the effectiveness of the health care agent program in relation to the early diagnosis of childhood cancer.  During seven weeks of field work in Brazil, she examined the role and influence of health care agents in the diagnostic process.

Wake Forest supported Chauvenet’s project through the Pro Humanitate Scholars program, which funds domestic and international projects conducted by Wake Forest students that involve research and service.

The Peter K. New Student Research Competition was initiated in 1990, and

honors the memory of the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist and anthropologist and former president of the Society.  The annual competition is open to students at all levels and is given to the best paper which reports on an applied research project in the social and behavioral sciences.

Additional information on the New Award can be found under the “awards” heading at

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