Awards

The Office of Global Programs celebrates and honors global engagement of students, faculty, and staff through several annual awards programs.

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 $1,500.00 cash award and a plaque. Nominee must be a full-time faculty member at Penn State University. The award is presented at the University Awards Convocations in the spring.

Nomination Process:

Nominations open November 2, 2020.

Nominations close February 1, 2021 (extended from January 20).

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 Global Programs Awards 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 by the nomination deadline:

  • A completed online nomination form.
  • 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.

Application/Nomination

To submit a nomination, please complete the W. LaMarr Kopp International Faculty Award Nomination form by February 1, 2021

Letters of support may be uploaded into the web form or emailed directly to gpawards@psu.edu.

Previous Awardees

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

In 2021, four awards in the amount of $1,500.00 each will be presented: one to an undergraduate international student, one to a graduate international student, and two to outstanding international student leaders (one undergraduate and one graduate).

Nominations open November 2, 2020.

Deadline for nominations is February 1, 2021 (extended from January 20).

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. Letters of support may be uploaded into the web form or emailed directly to gpawards@psu.edu.

Applications open November 2, 2020.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2021 (extended from January 20).

Application/Nomination

To apply or nominate, please fill out the Frisbey Award Application Form.

Previous Awardees

  • 2019-20
    • Undergraduate: Nakul Grover, College of the Liberal Arts
    • Graduate: Tery Torres-Cruz, College of Agricultural Sciences
    • Leadership
      • Undergraduate: Gerardo Suarez, Penn State Abington
      • Graduate: Tami-Barrera, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • 2018-19
    • ​Graduate: Ms. Ilse Huerta-Arrendondo and Mr. Miaoquiang Dai
    • Undergraduate: Ms. Noorein Ahmed and Ms. Yana Markedonova
  • 2017-18
    • Leadership: Sidharth Agrawal
    • Graduate: Fariha H. Salman
    • Undergraduate: Peris Wambui Wamoni

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.

All award applications are due February 1st, 2021. Letters of support may be uploaded into the web form or emailed directly to gpawards@psu.edu.

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

Nomination Form

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

Nomination Form

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

Nomination Form

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

Nomination Form

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

Nomination Form