The Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award was established in 2014 to recognize and promote outstanding scholarship among K-State’s undergraduates. The award is funded by a gift provided to K-State Libraries by Philip and Jeune Kirmser.
About the donors
Philip Kirmser was hired by K-State in the early 40s and taught here for a couple of years before going into the Navy. While here, his wife Jeune earned her Master’s degree in English, later earning a Master’s in Social Work elsewhere. In 1954 Phil was re-hired by Kansas State University and remained here until his death in 2012. Jeune was an English teacher and school social worker for Washington, DC and St. Paul, MN and was a freelance writer for many years. For 50+ years she was the “Public” of the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 School Board.
The Kirmsers grew up in a rather poor, but in well educated immigrant households during the Great Depression. Remembering how much they had to struggle in the beginning, they felt the need to help the future generations achieve their own desired level of education. This gift to K-State was the best way they could impact generations of students. Kansas State University played an important part in their lives and they gave this gift as a token of affection and appreciation.