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


The call for nominations will open again November 1, 2018.

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 $2,000.00 each shall be presented in 2018: 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

Students who submit self nominations must complete the application and include a brief statement of required qualifications and provide three 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 two letters of support are needed in addition to the nomination letter.

Applications open November 1, 2017.

Link to Frisbey Student Award Application