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 and Awards Ceremony

Michigan State University's Chapter 041 Annual Initiation and Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. The event marked the Chapter's 89th year at MSU, and featured a reception, annual induction ceremony, presentation of several awards and distinctions, and talks by special guests.

This year's invited speakers included:

Douglas A. NoverrDouglas A. Noverr, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, Interim Chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, and author of the recently published Michigan State University: The Rise of a Research University and the New Millennium, 1970-2005 (MSU Press)

Katie FitzgeraldKatie Fitzgerald, President and Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma, former Executive Director of the Center for Children & Families, Inc. and Boys & Girls Club of Norman, Oklahoma, and MSU PKP Alumna (Class of 1994)

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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 17, 2017

Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Nomination deadline: March 17, 2017

Faculty Membership
Nomination deadline: March 17, 2017

Professional Staff Membership
Nomination deadline: March 17, 2017

Alumni Membership
Nomination deadline: March 17, 2017

Literacy Grants
Application deadline: April 1, 2017

Annual Initiation Ceremony
April 8, 2017

Study Abroad Grants
Session A deadline: February 15, 2017
Session B deadline: September 15, 2017

Love of Learning Award
Session A deadline: April 1, 2017
Session B deadline: October 1, 2017

Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline for application: November 30, 2016

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