The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni every year. Once inducted, Phi Kappa Phi members gain a lifelong passport to a global network of academic and professional opportunities. Since its founding in 1897, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, writer John Grisham, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, and Netscape founder James Barksdale.

Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on nearly 300 select college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Annual Initiation Ceremony

The 2015 MSU Chapter 041 Annual Initiation Ceremony and Banquet was held on April 18, honoring 88 years at MSU. A total of 42 new members were initiated. Theresa Kaminski was this year's National Graduate Fellowship Nominee.

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Show Your Phi Kappa Phi Pride!

Did you wear your Phi Kappa Phi stole, medallion or honor cords at your Fall 2015 graduation? If you have commencement photos showing your Phi Kappa Phi pride, share them with us for a chance to win an Amazon gift card up to $100 and be featured in Society materials.

Submit your favorite commencement photos showing your Phi Kappa Phi pride by January 31. After the submission deadline, Society Headquarters staff will choose the top 10 photos to be voted on by the public. The voting period will be February 12-26. The three entrants with the most votes will be notified by Tuesday, February 29. All entries submitted will also be posted to the Phi Kappa Phi Flickr page.

Chapter Recognition Program

Chapter of Merit

Each year The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes its outstanding chapters for their commitment to honor and excellence. It is our distinct pleasure to inform you that the Michigan State University chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has achieved excellence status for 2014-15. The goal of the Chapter Recognition Program is to reward chapters who have exhibited outstanding performance.

Michigan State University Chapter President, Burt Bargerstock, says "The officers and members of the Michigan State University Chapter are humbled by this very special recognition. Since 1927, our Chapter has challenged itself to develop innovative ways of promoting exemplary scholarship. We take pride in the generations of MSU students, faculty, alumni, and leaders who have joined the Society over the years, as well as our many members who have received Phi Kappa Phi fellowships, grants, awards, and other distinctions. On behalf of all Spartan ϕΚϕ members everywhere, I thank the Society for its recognition of Chapter 41 as a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Excellence."

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Graduate Fellowship
Chapter application deadline: March 18, 2016

Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Nomination deadline: March 18, 2016

Faculty Membership
Nomination deadline: March 18, 2016

Professional Staff Membership
Nomination deadline: March 18, 2016

Alumni Membership
Nomination deadline: March 18, 2016

Literacy Grants
Application deadline: April 1, 2016

Annual Initiation Ceremony
April 9, 2016

Study Abroad Grants
Session A deadline: February 15, 2016
Session B deadline: September 15, 2016

Love of Learning Award
Session A deadline: April 1, 2016
Session B deadline: October 1, 2016

Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline for application: November 30, 2015

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