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Murray State's Digital Commons

a repository for scholarship, research and creative thought



2021 - Dr. Ismail Karabas, Management, Marketing and Business Administration; Dr. Christopher Lennon, Biological Sciences; Dr. James Humphreys & Dr. William Mulligan, History (TIE)

2020 - Dr. Gary ZeRuth, Biological Sciences

2019 - Dr. Kate S. He, Biological Sciences

2018 - Dr. Azaher Molla, Applied Health Sciences & Dr. Sean Rife, Psychology (TIE)


Applications describing a nominee’s accomplishments in Open Access scholarship shall be submitted to the University’s Open Access Committee by Thursday October 7, 2021.  Recipients are chosen by the committee, with selection based on the criteria above.  Please return your completed document to AJ Boston,  Announcements will be made in late October 2021.  Recipients will receive a stipend of $500-$1000, depending on the endowment’s market performance.  Faculty and staff stipends will be dispersed from the “Lana Porter Open Access Fund” and will be a taxable benefit.  Awards for students shall be applied to their student accounts. The Libraries, the Office of Development and Marketing, Branding and Communication will publicize this recognition.  Names of awardees will be inscribed on a plaque in the University Libraries’ Dean’s Office Conference Room. (Download a copy of the application by clicking here.) 

Criteria for Evaluation

The criteria by which applications for an Open Access Award will be evaluated are as follows:

  • The open work was created during the same period of time in which the applicant was affiliated as a full-time faculty/staff member, or student, of Murray State University,

  • The significance of the work to the research and professional development of the applicant,

  • The ability to provide evidence of commitment to open access or open education,

  • Applications and supporting documents must be completed in full.