Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Installs Chapter 343 at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Phi Kappa Phi will install its 343rd chapter at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center today, March 29. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

The installation of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center chapter comes after a thorough chartering process and approval from the Society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the Society.

“The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to its community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The university’s leadership in interprofessional education is but one example of the excellence of their many programs.”

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Dr. Sharon Cannon, President-elect Dr. Jannette Dufour, Secretary Jacqueline Chavez, Treasurer Dr. Alyce Ashcraft, Public Relations Officer Suzanna Cisneros, Awards & Grants Coordinator Erin Woods, and Primary Contact Dr. Rial Rolfe.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts approximately 30,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The 411 on Merit

Throughout March we’ve been promoting Merit, an online platform we use to publicize the many achievements of our members. But you may be wondering how exactly does it work?
  1. You accomplish something great such as being initiated into the Society, receiving a Phi Kappa Phi award or being elected as a chapter officer.
  2. Society Headquarters creates a personalized story tailored specifically to you and your achievement.
  3. You receive an email from with instructions on how to claim your very own Merit profile. See a sample profile here.
  4. Your local newspapers also receive a copy of the personalized story in the form of a press release.
  5. You brag about your accomplishments by sharing the posts on Twitter and Facebook.
  6. You customize your Merit profile with a photo, additional achievements, activities and work experience. Consider it a virtual résumé! 
  7. You continue to accomplish great things and receive additional Phi Kappa Phi-branded badges. See examples of the different badges here
If you haven’t claimed your Merit profile yet, do so today! To learn more about the program including how to request a Merit page, click here.

Questions? Contact Hannah Breaux.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Deadline Approaching for Phi Kappa Phi Award Programs

The deadline to apply for both the Love of Learning Awards and Literacy Grants is Saturday, April 1.
Love of Learning Awards

Awarded twice a year, Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members including graduate and professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching and research, and more. Phi Kappa Phi will award grants of $500 each to 100 members during Session A of the program. To be eligible, applicants must have completed their baccalaureate studies by the April 1 deadline.

» Click here to apply.

Literacy Grants

The Literacy Grant Program, established in 2003, was created to provide funding to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and members for literacy initiatives that reinforce part of the Society’s mission: “to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Grants of up to $2,500 are available for new and ongoing projects ranging from traditional reading initiatives to those fostering learning in cultural, digital, financial, health, historical literacy and beyond.

» Click here to apply.

If you have questions about either program, contact Kelli Partin at

Friday, March 24, 2017

Display Your Membership

Looking to show off your Phi Kappa Phi pride? Frame your membership certificate with a customizable frame from our partner, Church Hill Classics. Choose from a variety of frame moldings, mat colors and materials to create a frame that complements your home or office decor. In addition, you can find a frame to showcase your medallion, stole or Phi Kappa Phi photos.

You will also find other commemorative items such as gold engraved medallion desk pen sets, bookends, desk boxes and more. Click here to browse and start designing your custom frame today!

Questions? Contact or call 1.800.477.9005 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Attend the Student Vice President Leadership Summit

Phi Kappa Phi is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Student Vice President Leadership Summit. The Summit will be held July 13-16 in Denver, Colorado.

Now in its third year, the two-day event will bring together student vice presidents from Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the country to engage in activities aimed at bolstering leadership development skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other student vice presidents and learn strategies for enhancing Phi Kappa Phi chapters.

“I cannot stress enough how beneficial this Summit was for me,” said Jaime Staengel, a previous attendee. “The ability to hear what other chapters are doing or have done to improve was valuable, and I took some ideas away that I plan to implement at Murray State University.”

Applications for the event will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 15, 2017. Nominations will be limited to one student vice president per Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

To be eligible to attend, students must be an active member of Phi Kappa Phi and currently serve as a student vice president within their chapter. Members must also be returning to campus as a full-time student during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Established in 2013 and hosted every other year, the Student Vice President Leadership Summit was developed to engage Phi Kappa Phi’s student vice presidents in personal and organizational development. Since its creation, more than 125 students have attended the event.

To learn more about the Summit and download an application, visit If you have additional questions, contact Kay White at

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Podcasts Available to Phi Kappa Phi Members

Did you know that as a Phi Kappa Phi member you have access to podcasts on a range of topics including career guidance and financial planning? Downloadable and playable on your computer or portable music player any time of day or night, podcasts offer flexibility and freedom to listen anywhere.

The Princeton Review Series

Throughout this podcast series, Anthony Russomanno offers presentations on graduate school applications and testing strategies. Russomanno is a frequent national presenter at high schools, colleges and conferences as an expert in the field of admissions and test preparation and has helped thousands of students. Click here to watch the series.

Seeking Success Series
Are you a recent graduate starting a job search? Are you considering a career change? Is your career in a slump? Struggling or striving, this is the podcast for you. The Seeking Success podcast series delivers current resume, LinkedIn profile and job interviewing advice in a quick format. You’ll hear advice from the team at, including award-winning, nationally-recognized career expert Tamara Dowling. Click here to watch the series.

Career Guidance Series
Professional counselor Kimberly Thompson presents a series of three podcasts focused on careers. Thompson has provided career transition workshops and career counseling for more than 20 years and written widely on issues dealing with job loss for The Houston Chronicle. In this 3-part series, Thompson explores interviewing, networking and dealing with stress. Click here to watch the series.

Financial Planning Series
Investment advisor and Phi Kappa Phi member RoShawn Winburn has recorded a series of financial planning podcasts that address a variety of topics including the current state of the economy, budgeting, investing, income taxes, and retirement planning. Click here to watch the series.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2017 Dissertation Fellows

Phi Kappa Phi has announced the recipients of a 2017 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship. The $10,000 fellowships are designed to support active Society members currently in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study.

This year’s class of fellows represents a group of 10 students spanning a number of disciplines from science and engineering to arts and humanities.

The 2017 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellows are:

  • Michelle Asbill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ananda Bandara, Kansas State University
  • Matthew L. Bush, University of Kentucky
  • Juan Castro, University of South Florida
  • Laura Hamman, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Bo Cheng Jin, University of Southern California
  • Matthew T. Kerr, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Sarah Mayo, University of Georgia
  • Will Porter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Anna Joy Rogers, University of Alabama at Birmingham

“Phi Kappa Phi has long been known for supporting graduate students at the beginning of their studies, but only recently have we introduced support at the very end,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Crossing that ABD line is critical to a successful academic or professional career, so we are delighted to offer dissertation fellowships to assist Phi Kappa Phi members in reaching the finish line of their doctoral programs.”

The recipients were selected based on a number of criteria including how the fellowship will contribute to the completion of the dissertation, the significance of original research, and endorsement by the dissertation chair. Each fellow will receive $10,000 to apply toward 12 months of dissertation writing.

Established in 2014, the Dissertation Fellowship Program allocates $100,000 annually in support of active Phi Kappa Phi members. In addition to these fellowships, the Society awards $1.4 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

To learn more about the Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship Program and this year’s recipients, click here.