Dr. Kurczek Earns IAMNCC Engaged Campus Award

The Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) has awarded its 2021 Emerging innovation Engaged Campus Award for Community Collaboration to Jake Kurczek, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience and psychology.

Jake Kurczek, Ph.D.

The Engaged Campus Award for Community Collaboration recognizes a collaboration co-created with community organizations, leaders, and partners that is deep, reciprocal, and transformational.

Dr. Kurczek has consistently contributed to Civic Engagement since serving as an Obermann Center Senior Graduate Fellow with the University of Iowa in 2013-14 while completing his Ph.D. Dr. Kurczek has contributed to 19 peer-reviewed publications, of which six he served as the first author. According to Google Scholar, his publication metrics include 498 citations, yet he still finds time to be an innovator for Civic Engagement nationally, regionally and locally. In 2019, he was selected as a Compact Engaged Scholar for the Midwest Region. He most recently received national recognition with a 2021 Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Award from the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC).

In 2017, Dr. Kurczek joined the team that wrote Loras College’s Civic Action Plan. Following this experience, hoping to remain involved in work central to implementing the plan, he volunteered to help build and co-advise a new Civic Engagement scholarship program, the Loras College Civic Leaders. Making deep commitments to strategic partner organizations that yield reciprocal benefits over time (like creating the Cultural Snapshots Community-based Research Project Design) is at the heart of what Dr. Kurczek is committed to doing in his role as co-founder of this program for students.

The 2021 IAMNCC awards honor almost 90 individuals and organizations whose accomplishments exemplify and celebrate the public purpose at the heart of higher education, nominated by 27 of IAMNCC’s member campuses. Engaged Campus Awards lift up outstanding achievements in the categories of alumni leadership, emerging innovation and community collaboration from across IAMNCC’s network of 59 member colleges and universities.

IAMNCC is a network of 59 member colleges and universities committed to strengthening the capacity for civic engagement and campus-community partnership in the service of fulfilling the public purposes at the heart of higher education. For more information about, visit their websites at iacampuscompact.org and mncampuscompact.org.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).