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 post-European contact Plains tribes and methodological rigor, but she is perhaps best remembered for her many contributions to a better understanding of Late Prehistoric period peoples of the central Plains. The Donna C. Roper Research Fund was established at her request to provide support for avocational archaeologists, students, and researchers conducting archaeological or related research pertaining to 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 pertaining directly to present-day Kansas or Nebraska. Research may include archaeological, ethnographic, or biological topics pertaining to Indigenous peoples of the Central Plains.

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


  • Application deadline for 2021 - TBA. Proposals must be received electronically by 11:59 pm CST. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted.

  • 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, Nancy Arendt, at The committee chair will distribute the applications to the committee members for consideration and deliberation.

  • Recipients will be notified by <Date TBA> with awards also posted to the PAS website.

  • Awardees are strongly encouraged to present their research at the annual Plains Anthropological Conference and 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.

  • This year, we have $4000 available for distribution. We anticipate awards will typically be in the $1000 range, but will consider proposals for any amount not to exceed $4000.


Past Awardees of the Donna C. Roper Research Fund


Donna C. Roper Research Fund Committee

Mary Adair (chair)
Nancy Arendt
Lauren Ritterbush
Rob Bozell
Bob Hoard, Plains Anthropologist Editor
Chris Johnston, PAS Treasurer


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