Kopriva Science Seminar Series

The College of Letters & Science at Montana State University established the Kopriva Science Seminar Series Endowment in 1991 through a generous gift from Phil Kopriva, a 1957 graduate of MSU in biological sciences and chemistry. The endowment supports a lecture series in the general area of biomedical sciences, recognizing outstanding interdisciplinary research in complex biological systems or biomedical science.

Each year, two outstanding external biomedical researchers, the winner(s) of the Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowship and the Kopriva MSU Faculty Lecturer(s) give Kopriva Science Seminar Series lectures.

Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowship

Each year the Kopriva fund makes a fellowship award of up to $5000 to an outstanding graduate student. The award is intended to enhance the student’s research thesis, including travel to meetings or for instruction, books, supplies, and special research services.

Kopriva Faculty Lectureship

Lecturers at MSU are selected on the basis of the excellence and interdisciplinary impact of their research, as well as upon the breadth of general interest in that research. Because the lectures are open to the entire campus community and general public, substantial consideration is given to the selection of lecturers that are excellent communicators as well as excellent scientists.