Office of the Vice President for Research

Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship 

The Ohio University Foundation established the Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship to recognize current and former faculty members or students who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Up to three awards will be given each year.

The award is named for Wilfred Konneker, an Ohio University alumnus with a distinguished record in research and entrepreneurship. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1943 and his master's degree in physics and astronomy in 1947. He received a doctoral degree in nuclear physics from Washington University in 1950.

Konneker founded the Nuclear Consultants Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, and either founded or co-founded six additional high-tech start-up companies. The alumnus was instrumental in the establishment of Ohio University's small business incubator, the Innovation Center, as well as the university biotechnology spin-off company Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. He is one of the principle architects of the Cutler Scholars program. The research laboratories housing the Edison Biotechnology Institute at the Ridges were named in his honor to recognize his leadership and service. The Konneker Alumni Center also was named for the alumnus and his wife, Ann Lee. Konneker is a member of the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees.

Nomination Process

The nomination period for the 2014 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship is closed. A public announcement of the recipient(s) will be made by March 2015. 

Nominations for the 2015 medal may be submitted until Oct. 31, 2015. 

Nominations should consist of a letter and an optional appendix of supporting documentation. Entries should address, and will be judged by the degree to which they establish, a record of demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship by the nominee. Submissions should be sent electronically to Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity, at

The selection committee, which is chaired by the vice president, will include the director of the Technology Transfer Office, one dean and two faculty members. The committee will make its selection by Dec. 1.

Previous Recipients and News about the Konneker Medal

Konneker MedalBeale named recipient of 2013 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship [read more]

David Scholl, John Kopchick receive 2012 Konneker Medal [read more]

Wilfred Konneker discusses the Konneker Medal [video]

Siblings create winning design for new medal that celebrates innovation [read more]

Scholl discusses medal

2012 Konneker medal recipient David Scholl discusses innovation in Southeast Ohio at the 2013 Innovation Awards. (Photo credit: Gregory Bodwell)


John Kopchick, left, receives the Konneker Medal from Vice President for Research and Creative Activity Joseph Shields.  (Photo credit: Gregory Bodwell)


Wilfred Konneker, center, celebrates the first awarding of the Konneker Medal with 2012 recipients John Kopchick and David Scholl, as well as members of the university's Edison Biotechnology Institute. (Photo credit: Gregory Bodwell)