The Office of Global Programs celebrates and honors global engagement of students, faculty, and staff through a variety of annual events, conferences, and awards.

W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award

The W. LaMarr Kopp Achievement Award are designed to recognize those at Penn State who make extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the international mission of the university. Criteria for the award includes leadership and support for international education, service to the international community, and research with a significant international component. the award carries a $1,000.00 cash award and a plaque. A nominee/applicant must be a full-time faculty member at Penn State University. The award are presented at the University Awards Convocations in the spring of each year.

Faculty Award

Application/Nomination Process:

The designation “achievement,” while broadly construed, should include a focus on internationalization of the University through excellence in:

  • International education through research, teaching, and service;
  • Leadership in improving relations among peoples from different regions of the world; and
  • Commitment to meeting the special needs of students, faculty, and/or staff from other countries.

The honoree is typically a faculty member who has demonstrated this international achievement above and beyond the scope of his or her normal duties.

Selection Process

The awards selection committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated a commitment to internationalization at Penn State. It traditionally includes past Kopp Award recipients. Members of the selection committee are ineligible to receive the award. The committee can recommend that no award be presented in a category in a given year, or that awards be shared by more than one recipient.To be considered for this award, the following materials must be submitted via application/nomination form:

  • A completed application/nomination form including a statement of the reasons why the candidate should be considered for this award. The statement should be no longer than five pages in length.
  • Two or three letters of recommendation from faculty, staff, students, or alumni other than the applicant or nominator. No more than three letters will be accepted.
  • CVs or résumés of no more than three pages may also be included.Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

To apply, please fill out the Kopp Award Application.

Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Awards

This award honors and recognizes outstanding contributions to international understanding by graduate/undergraduate international students (holding non-immigrant status) enrolled in full-time resident instruction or its equivalent.


Consideration for this award shall be given to all full-time graduate or undergraduate international students (holding non-immigrant status) enrolled in an academic program at any Penn State campus who have exhibited exemplary contributions furthering international understanding. This could consist of academic, athletic, or other extra-curricular campus activities and/or community involvement in school or civic group programs or service projects. Normally, recipients will have made contributions in more than one area. Please note that international activities should have taken place at Penn State and that students must be enrolled for the current academic year in order to receive the award.

Number and Value of Awards

Three awards of $1,000.00 each shall be presented annually: one to an undergraduate international student, one to a graduate international student, and one to an outstanding student leader, regardless of academic level.

Application Process

Updated application form will be open fall 2017.

Self-nominations by students who believe they meet the stated eligibility criteria must complete the application with a brief statement of required qualifications for this award and attach at least one, but not more than three, letters of support, addressing the candidate's qualifications relative to the eligibility criteria.