Texas A&M Phi Kappa Phi Inducts 334 New Members, Recognizes Award Recipients

June 10, 2013

College Station, TX— The Texas A&M University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi inducted 334 new members for 2013 on April 14. New members were selected from the top 7.5% of junior undergraduate students, the top 10% of senior undergraduate students and top 10% graduate and professional students in each college. Additionally 11 students were honored as Outstanding Junior for their college and one student was honored as University Outstanding Junior:

Name                            College

Brian Sowell                College of Architecture
Taylor Vestal               Mays Business School
Brandi Piercy              College of Education and Human Development
Aaron Moore               Dwight Look College of Engineering
Cody Henry                 College of Geosciences
Rachel Byrd                 College of Liberal Arts
Himanshu Patel         College of Science
Nikita Patel                 College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Kelly Rozas                  Texas A&M at Galveston: Marine Biology
Moiz Bohra                  Texas A&M at Qatar:  Engineering
Mollie Lastovica*      College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

 *2013 University Outstanding Junior

Lastovica and Reed 2013

2012 Outstanding Junior Kenley Reed congratulates 2013 Outstanding Junior Mollie Lastovica

This ceremony marks the first time that students from branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar will be recognized. Two faculty members will also be inducted: Dr. Mohamed Nounou, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at TAMU Qatar and Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff, University Distinguished Professor and Mitchell/Munnerlyn/Heep Professor of Astronomy. These faculty were selected for their outstanding contributions to the university and for furthering the mission of Phi Kappa Phi “to promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

The ceremony was also an occasion to recognize students who were competitive in the local selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. This national competition features five $15,000 scholarships and fifty-one $5,000 scholarships for students entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Senior German and international studies major Mariah Bastin received the chapter nomination for the national competition and a scholarship from the local chapter. Miguel Novoa, senior history and economics major, was recognized as runner-up and awarded a scholarship from the local chapter.

Bastin and Crouch 2013

2013 PKP Graduate Fellowship nominee Mariah Bastin with outgoing chapter president Dr. Elizabeth Crouch.

Dr. Elizabeth Crouch, President of the chapter made the following statement regarding the recognition: “It is my distinct pleasure to help Texas A&M University and Phi Kappa Phi honor and recognize such outstanding students and faculty.  I continue to be impressed by the amazingly gifted individuals chosen to join this organization and to represent the very best that Texas A&M University has to offer.”

2012 University Outstanding Junior and Student Vice President Kenley Reed, a senior landscape architecture major, offered the following as advice to the new inductees, “PKP is a constant reminder that we are involved in something much larger than ourselves and whose legacy will extend far beyond our years in college or on earth. As students participating in a society in which exemplary academics are the foundation, we are able to witness and be challenged by each other in order to strengthen our passions in helping the world become a more educated and better place.”

For more information about the Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, please visit us.tamu.edu/for-students/phi-kappa-phi/.

More About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities 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.

Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $14 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, nearly $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. 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.”

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, please call 800/804-9880 or visit http://www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

2013 Outstanding Juniors

2013 TAMU Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Juniors.
From top left: Kelly Rozas, Texas A&M at Galveston; Aaron Moore, College of Engineering; Cody Henry, College of Geosciences; Brandi Pearcy, College of Education; Rachel Byrd, College of Liberal Arts; Taylor Vestal, Mays Business School; Mollie Lastovica, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

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