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Couper Scholar Program

Named for Richard W. Couper, a past president of the Fellows of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Couper Scholar Program is designed to provide contact between the Society and institutions that do not shelter chapters. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between a guest scholar and the resident faculty and students. During campus visits, the Couper Scholar spends time with students and faculty members, takes part in classroom discussions and delivers a public lecture open to the community.

The Couper Scholar Program is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and endeavors to serve the types of colleges and universities underrepresented among the Society’s host institutions, such as historically black institutions and those serving Hispanic communities.

For more information about the Couper Scholar Program, contact (202) 265-3808.


Couper Scholars 2007-2008

  • Stephen Klineberg Professor of Sociology at Rice University
  • William Reinhardt Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington
  • Anya Royce Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University

Host Institutions 2007-2008

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Dillard University
  • University of Houston
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Host Institutions 2005-2006

  • Bennett College for Women
  • California State University, Fresno
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Coker College
  • University of Houston
  • University of Texas, San Antonio

Host Institutions 2004-2005

  • Colorado State University, Pueblo
  • Dillard University
  • Hampton University
  • Jackson State University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • New Mexico State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • St. Mary's University
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of Texas, El Paso
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

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