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Stanford Report, June 20, 2001
Anthropological scientist John Rick awarded Cox Medal

John W. Rick, associate professor of anthropological sciences, has been awarded the 2001 Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence Fostering Undergraduate Research.

Rick, who is currently in Peru leading a tour of Stanford alumni, could not attend the awards ceremony Saturday afternoon. He was cited for "his zest for knowledge and his work ethic, which make him a role model to students and fellow faculty," and "for fueling a community of engaged students who are challenged to seek out questions and explore ways of answering them," among other accolades.

Rick came to Stanford in 1978. His research interests include the archaeological record of prehistoric hunter-gatherers, and he has engaged in fieldwork in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, France, Mexico, Peru and Brazil. His dissertation work and most of his professional career have focused on cave sites from the hunter-gatherer period in high-altitude regions of Peru.

After the alumni tour, he will run an archaeological field school for Stanford students in Chavín de Huántar in Peru, where he has conducted fieldwork with Stanford students in past years.

The Cox Medal was established in memory of Allan Cox, who was a professor of geophysics and dean of the School of Earth Sciences. Cox was an early advocate for university funding of undergraduate research, said Laura Selznick, director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities.