Inspiring the Future:
The Linda Hall Library Joseph Shipman Award

Changing the future can only begin with a first step. For some, taking that first step begins with a question that ignites the desire to learn and grow. For others, that first step leads to a project, an experiment, and, for a few, a pathway to a calling and a career.

The Linda Hall Library is sparking curiosity for science enthusiasts of all ages and facilitating their desires to learn more about how science impacts everyday life through the Library’s collections, programming, and research. In 2001, the Library started awarding the Joseph C. Shipman Award to a student whose mastery of scientific writing is demonstrated in a paper or science project at the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair. The award, named for the first director of the Library, honors Mr. Shipman’s legacy and his devotion to scientific exploration.

The below list of honorees inspired the creation of the Kansas City Invention Convention as the Library continues to bring science into the lives of people in the surrounding community in new ways.