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Events: Kopp Awards

James J. Kopp First-Year Research Awards


Awards of $200 are given to two Exploration & Discovery students whose work best demonstrates excellent research techniques. The awards were established in 2011 by the Aubrey R. Watzek Library in memory of Jim Kopp, who was the director of the Library from 1999 until his death in 2010.

As the director of the library, Jim provided leadership during a decade of unprecedented growth and change. Jim was a kind and humorous man with a passion for scholarly inquiry and a dedication to the library´s role in the liberal arts education. In fact, in his six years as an instructor in the Core program (2000-2007), he introduced many new college students to the liberal arts tradition, and mentored them as they embarked upon paths of intellectual inquiry.

These awards are sponsored by the library and supported by the Exploration & Discovery Program and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Donations to support these awards are much appreciated and may be made via the Library's Online Giving Form.


Application Instructions

Applications will open on Friday, April 17, 2020 and close on Monday, May 11 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants are asked to complete the following on or before the application deadline:

  • Review the requirements and timeline for 2019-20.
  • Consider requesting a Faculty Statement of Support for your application. This is optional, not a requirement for applying. To request, ask faculty in advance of submission for their willingness to support the application. If they agree, let them know that the library will notify them one a completed application has been received, at which point they will be invited to fill out on online survey in support of it. 
  • Submit the online application, including both the research summary and the research paper. Both should have all instances of the applicant's name removed, and should include the student ID number in the header.











Librarian for Exploration & Discovery