Awards

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

Global Programs is pleased to announce the 2017-18 award recipients:

  • W. LaMarr Kopp International Faculty Award, Professor Rachel A. Smith
  • Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Undergraduate Student Award, Peris Wambui Wamoni
  • Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Graduate Student Award, Fariha H. Salman
  • Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Leadership Award, Sidharth Agrawal

Applications will open October 1, 2018.

W. LaMarr Kopp International Faculty Award

The W. LaMarr Kopp International Faculty Award is designed to recognize faculty members 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 $2,000.00 cash award and a plaque. A applicant must be a full-time faculty member at Penn State University. The award is presented at the University Awards Convocations in the spring of each year.

Faculty Award

Application/Nomination Process:

Applications open October 1, 2018.

Applications close December 15, 2018.

The designation “international", 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 faculty and staff who have demonstrated a commitment to internationalization at Penn State. Members of the selection committee are ineligible to receive the award. To be considered for this award, the following materials must be submitted:

  • A completed webform.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One from the nominating committee, or nominator, and one from faculty, staff, students, or alumni. No more than two letters will be accepted. (Note: If self-nominating, the committee will need 2 letters of support.)
  • CVs or résumés of no more than three pages.
  • Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

To apply or nominate, please fill out the Kopp Faculty Award Webform.

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.

Eligibility

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

Four awards of $2,000.00 each shall be presented in 2018: one to an undergraduate international student, one to a graduate international student, and two to outstanding student leaders (one undergraduate and one graduate).

Application Process

Students who submit self nominations must complete the webform and include a brief statement of required qualifications and provide two letters of support from either faculty, staff, or community leaders (personal references not accepted).

Please note, if a faculty or staff member is nominating a student, only one letter of support is needed in addition to the nomination letter.

Applications open October 1, 2018.

Link to Frisbey Student Award Application

Advancing a Global Penn State Awards

The purpose of the awards program is to recognize outstanding contributions of individuals and academic units across the university, including the Commonwealth Campuses, who have demonstrated success towards achieving the goals of a Global Penn State. Employees of Global Programs are not eligible to receive these awards.

Advancing a Global Penn State: Outstanding Leadership in Education Abroad Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize exemplary leadership by a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity in developing, implementing and/or enhancing education abroad opportunities for members of the Penn State community.

  • Eligibility: Any faculty or staff member at the University
  • Criteria: The award recognizes the individual’s accomplishments associated with a program, special project or initiative held during the current or most previous academic year.
  • Number of awards presented is determined by the vice provost of Global Programs
  • Amount of award: $1,000

Advancing a Global Penn State: Outstanding Achievement Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has demonstrated exceptional achievement towards furthering the vision of a Global Penn State.

  • Eligibility: Any individual(s) affiliated with the University. Full-time faculty and staff member as well as volunteers are eligible for selection. Committees or working groups comprised of university community members who developed/implemented special initiatives are also eligible for selection.
  • Criteria: The award seeks to recognize and acknowledge an individual or group of individuals who through their efforts, have advanced the vision of a Global Penn State by providing opportunities for members of the University community to gain a comprehensive global perspective and/or who have created a more global campus environment.
  • Number of awards presented is determined by the vice provost for Global Programs.
  • Amount of Award: $1,000

Advancing a Global Penn State: Outstanding Program Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an innovative program at the university that has advanced the vision of a Global Penn State. Selected programs shall have demonstrated that they further Penn State’s global mission to be a world leader in scholarship and global engagement with a culture of global citizenship.

  • Eligibility: The award shall recognize the academic department or unit responsible for developing and implementing the program.
  • Criteria: The award seeks to recognize and acknowledge an innovative program that has advanced the vision of a Global Penn State.
  • Number of awards presented is determined by the vice provost for Global Programs.
  • Amount of Award: $1,000

Advancing a Global Penn State: Outstanding Leadership in International Education

The purpose of this award to recognize exemplary leadership by a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity in developing and/or enhancing international education opportunities for Penn State students. The award seeks to recognize those who have provided new opportunities for students to gain global competency skills.

  • Eligibility: Any faculty or staff member at the University
  • Criteria: The award recognizes an individual’s accomplishments associated with a course, program or special project.
  • Number of awards presented is determined by the vice provost for Global Programs.
  • Amount of award: $1,000

Advancing a Global Penn State: Outstanding International Research Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize innovative research projects and/or initiatives that can be shown to be advancing progress towards meeting one or more of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Eligibility: All graduate students and faculty members at any Penn State campus are eligible for selection.
  • Criteria: The award recognizes international research conducted by an individual or a team of individuals that can be shown to be advancing progress towards one or more of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Number of awards presented is determined by the vice provost for global programs.
  • Amount of award: $1,000