Kopriva portrait

Photo courtesy of the Kopriva family

In 1991, Phil Kopriva, a 1957 MSU microbiology graduate, created endowments which are today being used to fund the Kopriva Seminar Series and the Kopriva Graduate Fellowships. Kopriva, who died in 2002, set up the endowments to provide support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters & Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences.

Kopriva Science Seminar Series

The Kopriva Seminar Series was established as a means of disseminating and discussing on-going scientific research occurring at MSU and around the country. The seminars focus on multi and interdisciplinary research in biosciences and biochemistry. "During my graduate school days some of the most informative and enjoyable times were the many and varied seminars and colloquia I either led or simply attended," Kopriva told The Montana State Collegian in 1999. "I wanted the Kopriva Seminar Series to provide students with experiences similar to mine. That is, to nurture and promote their professional, intellectual and personal growth and those ethereal things called memories."

Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowship

The Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowship is awarded to recognize and support the research of an outstanding graduate student in the areas of physiology and/or biochemistry. The fellowships are designed to provide financial assistance to the selected graduate students. “Graduate school demands in studies and research are of a nature that they require full-time attention by the student,” Kopriva told The Montana State Collegian in 1999. “Many excellent students with a productive potential are lost to us because of financial needs.”