Barry L. Popkin Senior Honors Thesis Research Award

Barry L. Popkin

Barry Popkin came to UW-Madison from Superior, Wis., and earned his B.S. in 1967 and his M.S. in 1969. He is currently the W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he teaches about and conducts research, outreach, and public service at the interface of economics, public health, and nutrition.

An Honors student while at UW-Madison, Popkin completed his senior honors thesis on the economics of nutrition. That thesis experience, combined with studying abroad in India in 1965-66, helped shaped his career and the rest of his life.

In recognition of his transformative experience, Popkin has established an endowment to provide annual funding for an undergraduate honors student majoring in economics or another social science to conduct original research in a lower-middle income country outside of Europe and to lay a foundation for a career in global work.

The Barry L. Popkin Senior Honors Thesis Research Award

The Barry L. Popkin Senior Honors Thesis Research Award was endowed in 2015 by Professor Barry L. Popkin. This annual award provides one currently enrolled L&S Honors student with up to $3,500 to support economics or other social science senior thesis research on a lower-middle income country outside of Europe.

Review of applications and selection of the Barry L. Popkin Senior Honors Thesis recipient will be conducted by the L&S Honors Program Faculty Honors Committee.

Who is eligible to apply?

In order to be considered for the Barry L. Popkin Senior Honors Thesis Research Award, students must complete the Honors Summer Senior Thesis Research Grant application. Please review the Honors Summer Senior Thesis Research Grant page for more information about general eligibility.

  • Additional criteria for consideration for the Popkin Research Award:
    • The proposed research falls within the realm of economics or another social science in a lower-middle-income country outside of Europe.

Please note that students may not receive a Popkin Research Award if their thesis has been or will be supported by another university undergraduate research grant (e.g., the Hilldale, the Hughes, or by the L&S Honors Program Summer Senior Thesis Grant.) Students who apply to the Summer Senior Honors Thesis Award will automatically be considered for the Barry L. Popkin Award.

How are recipients chosen?

Barry L. Popkin grant recipients are selected by members of the L&S Faculty Honors Committee. They will evaluate your application based on the following:

  • Strength of academic record
  • Progress toward the completion of the Honors in the Major, Honors in the Liberal Arts, or Comprehensive Honors degree(s)
  • Excellence of the proposal and of the senior thesis research project to be funded

What is the application process?

The following materials must be submitted online through scholarships.wisc.edu:

If you have additional questions, please contact the Honors Program office at honors@honors.ls.wisc.edu.