Donna C. Roper
Donna C. Roper

Donna C. Roper (1947-2015) was an exceptional contributor to the archaeology profession and a dedicated Plains archaeologist. Her research interests ranged from Paleoindian to historic Plains tribes, but she is perhaps best remembered for her many contributions to the Late Prehistoric period peoples of the Central Plains. The Donna C. Roper Research Fund of the Plains Anthropological Society (PAS) was established at her request to provide support for avocational archaeologists, students, and researchers conducting anthropological research pertaining to present day Kansas and Nebraska.

Awards will be granted annually depending on the amount of investment growth and the quality of submitted proposals. More than one award may be made, and no award will be given if no applications are received or the committee determines the submitted applications do not merit the award.

Who can apply:

  • Students, faculty, researchers, and avocational archaeologists conducting anthropological research (including ethnographic or biological topics) pertaining directly to the region that is present day Kansas or Nebraska. 

  • The applicant must be a member of the Plains Anthropological Society at the time of application.


  • The 2023 Application Deadline: October 1

  • The application shall consist of:
         •    an explanation of the research, not to exceed 2 pages in length (single-spaced, 12 point font),
         •    a detailed budget,
         •    a budget justification, and
         •    a letter of support from an individual familiar with the proposed research. Examples of the latter include a letter from a student's advisor, from the institution where the collections being considered for analysis are curated, or from a colleague.

  • Submit your application to the committee chair, Bill Billeck, at The committee chair will distribute the applications to the committee members for consideration and deliberation.

  • Recipients will be notified with awards also posted to the PAS website and announced at the annual meeting.

  • Awardees are strongly encouraged to present their research at the annual Plains Anthropological Conference and/or in an article or report in the Plains Anthropologist.

  • Awardees shall provide a summary of the funded project results to the committee chair within a year of the award.



Past Awardees of the Donna C. Roper Research Fund


Donna C. Roper Research Fund Committee

Bill Billeck (chair)
Lauren Ritterbush
Nancy Arendt
Mary Adair
Rob Bozell
John Hedden


The initial funds in this endowment account came from Donna's estate. Contributions to this fund are welcomed through the link below or by check mailed directly to the Plains Anthropological Society, specifying the Donna Roper Research Fund.

Make a donation to the Donna C. Roper Research Fund

Checks may be sent to:

Plains Anthropological Society
PMB# 152
3201 South St.
Lincoln, NE 68502