W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award

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General Information

The W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Awards are designed to recognize those at Penn State who make extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the international mission of the University. Four awards are given annually in the categories of undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member, and faculty member.

Each award carries a $1,000 cash award and a plaque. Nominees/applicants must be full-time faculty, staff, and students at Penn State University. The awards are presented at the University Awards Convocations in the spring and recipients will be honored at the International Programs International Education and Achievement Reception in April.


"International achievement" shall be broadly construed to include, but not be limited to, the display of excellence in:

  • Research with a significant international component;
  • Participation in international programs and/or field projects;
  • Teaching with significant international content;
  • Leadership in improving relations among peoples from different regions of the world;
  • Service to the international community.

Undergraduate and graduate students must have been enrolled full-time for two consecutive semesters to be eligible.

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Past College Winners

2018 Rachel Smith Communication Arts and Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies
2016 Sophia A. McClennen International Affairs and Comparative Literature
2012 Barry Ickes Economics
2009 Judith Kroll Psychology
2005 Uma Asher History
2003 Corrine Thatcher Latin American Studies
2001 Kokou Agbodoh Economics
1999 Wilma Stern Classic Archaeology
1998 Jason R. Sieminski Political Science
1997 Gordon De Jong Sociology
1996 R. Jean Cadigan Sociology
1995 Thomas A. Hale French and Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature
Carmen Millan de Benavides Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Michelle M. Dionne General Arts and Sciences
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