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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2015 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Recipient

Theresa Kaminski is a senior at Michigan State University, majoring in genomics and molecular genetics with a minor in Spanish. Kaminski's desire to pursue medicine originally began when she volunteered for a medical mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala. To further her medical experience she has accumulated over 1,000 direct patient care hours as a nursing assistant, while also studying the progression of metastasis in triple negative breast cancer as a research assistant. Currently she is interning at St. John's Catholic Church and Student Center in East Lansing to educate people about Christianity and to assist them in joining the Church. Kaminski is deciding between multiple medical school acceptances at Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Loyola University. Her desires for the future involve becoming a medical professor and starting a nonprofit organization focused on implementing sustainable medicine in underserved communities.

2015 Love of Learning Award Recipient

Kassy Fineout graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a major in arts and humanities and a specialization in international development. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi that same year. Fineout is currently an academic advisor at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. She is also pursuing a master of arts in education in student affairs and higher education through WKU and will graduate in May of 2016. She has an extreme passion for helping students of all ages navigate the complex college environment.

Fineout plans to use the Love of Learning Award to attend the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) national conference. This conference will provide her with a chance to network with other professionals in the southeastern United States, learn more about current practices and theories in the field of student affairs, and present on academic advising.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Graduate Fellowship
Chapter application deadline: March 20, 2015

Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Nomination deadline: March 20, 2015

Faculty Membership
Nomination deadline: March 20, 2015

Professional Staff Membership
Nomination deadline: March 20, 2015

Alumni Membership
Nomination deadline: March 20, 2015

Literacy Grant
Application deadline: April 1, 2015

Annual Initiation Ceremony
April 18, 2015

Study Abroad Grants
Session A deadline: February 15, 2015
Session B deadline: September 15, 2015

Love of Learning Award
Session A deadline: April 1, 2015
Session B deadline: October 1, 2015

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