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."
The 2014 MSU Chapter 041 Annual Initiation Ceremony and Banquet was held on April 5, honoring 87 years at MSU. A total of 85 new members were initiated.
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Michigan State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, was named a Chapter of Merit for 2012-2013 by the National Office.
Alison Chrisler is a second year doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies department at Michigan State University where she teaches a parenting course to undergraduate juniors and seniors. She is currently an Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellow, which is a fellowship program offered through the James Madison College at Michigan State University.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Child Life and Studies in Education from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, she worked in hospitals where she prepared and supported hospitalized children and their family members in coping with medical stressors. She later obtained a master's degree in Youth Development at Michigan State University in Human Development and Family Studies and most recently worked at Child Trends, a non-profit research center in Washington, DC, as a Research Analyst in the Early Childhood Development area. Ali's research interests focus on identifying ways families can support their youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender during the "coming out" process.
Ms. Chrisler plans to use the Love of Learning Award to attend the 2013 National Council on Family Relations National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. At the conference she will be able to learn about the types of LGBT research that other graduate students and researchers are leading, and she will be able to network with those students and researchers.