Joshua Fuller ’17 Selected for $5K Graduate Fellowship

College Station, TX – Joshua Fuller ’17 of Flagstaff, AZ, has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Fuller, who graduated in May, also received a $500 scholarship as the nominee from the local chapter and received the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award at graduation for his outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and involvement. Fuller’s selection for this honor makes this four years in a row that an Aggie has been selected.

Fuller graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish with a minor in neuroscience. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Boston University.

2017 PKP Graduate Fellowship awardee Joshua Fuller ’17 is acknowledged during the graduation ceremony for earning a Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award.

Fuller is among 51 students nationwide to receive one of the $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society’s most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 51 Fellowships of $5,000 and six of $15,000 are awarded each year.

The selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships is based on the applicants’ evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

More About The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines and annually inducts 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 Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, author Ernest Gaines and broadcast journalist Deborah Norville. 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 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, please call 800/804-9880 or visit http://www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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Joshua Fuller Nominated for Graduate Fellowship

May 17, 2017

College Station, TX – Joshua Fuller ’17 of Flagstaff, Arizona, has been selected as the 2017 Texas A&M nominee for the national Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship competition. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines – awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Fuller received a $500 scholarship as the nominee from the local chapter. The finalists of the national fellowship recipients will be announced in early June.

PKP Graduate Fellowship Nominee, Joshua Fuller ’17

Fuller, an Honors Psychology and Spanish double major, graduated in May 2017 and will begin his studies in the fall towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Boston University. In conjunction with his graduate studies, Josh will conduct Alzheimer’s disease research at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Josh will be working on the Colombian Kindred Cohort study of autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease – a study of the rare form of familial Alzheimer’s disease that has been featured on “60 Minutes.” Josh is interested in neuropsychological assessment of Alzheimer’s disease and hopes to contribute to the better characterization of the subtlest cognitive changes that constitute the earliest detectable preclinical stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding these subtle cognitive changes is crucial research that tandems with pharmacological advancement; whenever a preclinical prevention medication is available for Alzheimer’s disease, identifying the earliest changes of the disease is critical to successful administration of the drug before significant neurodegeneration occurs.

During his time at Texas A&M University, Josh has conducted research with Dr. Steve Balsis and Dr. Annmarie MacNamara. In the Balsis lab, Josh has teamed up with graduate students and Dr. Balsis to use large national databases of Alzheimer’s disease patients and advanced statistical modeling to investigate unanswered questions about the basic science of Alzheimer’s disease. In 2016, he completed his undergraduate Honors thesis which presented an empirically-driven model of temporal lobe sub-region degeneration across the Alzheimer’s disease spectrum. He also investigated the relationship between neuropsychiatric symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, hallucinations, etc.) and the Alzheimer’s disease continuum, presenting this statistical model in 2016 at the National Academy of Neuropsychology 36th Annual Meeting where he was awarded a coveted student poster award. In the fall of 2016, Josh also joined the lab of Dr. MacNamara where he worked alongside other lab members to use electroencephalogram (EEG) to investigate emotions in psychiatric health and disease.

For Josh, Phi Kappa Phi’s motto – “Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity” – means far more than learning inside of the classroom. Josh has been widely involved at Texas A&M University, serving as the President of the Honors Student Council and Chair of the Student Affairs Fee Advisory Board. Josh has also mentored students as a Fish Camp counselor and peer mentor in the Honors Housing Community. Drawing on these experiences, in 2016 he helped found and direct two new student organizations: Texas A&M Christian Healthcare Leaders and Texas Aggies Fighting Alzheimer’s. Josh also worked part time for the Alzheimer’s Association, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, as the Bryan/College Station area’s regional outreach intern. Through his work, Josh helped coordinate the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – a fundraising and awareness event attended by 650 walkers that raised $75,000 for Alzheimer’s research, support, and care. In recognition for his academic achievement, impact at A&M, and contributions to the community, Josh was awarded the Brown Foundation Ear Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award at graduation in May of 2017.

When asked to offer advice to future fellowship applicants, Fuller said:

“I think an important concept that Texas A&M has taught me is that my education is not about me… it is about how I can best use my skills to better mankind. As an applicant for the Phi Kappa Phi fellowship, I think it is important to emphasize how your education will allow you to shape our world for the better. By participating in service activities and leadership positions, you can demonstrate to the committee that you are committed to using your education to improve the lives of others through the ‘love of learning.’”

Robert Hunt ’16 Awarded $5K Graduate Fellowship

College Station, TX – Robert Hunt ’16, of Austin, Texas, has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi–the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Hunt also received a $500 scholarship as the nominee from the local chapter.

Robert, a biomedical engineering major and Engineering Honors student, graduated in May 2016 and has begun studies toward an M.S. in bioengineering at Stanford University. As part of his studies, Robert is participating in the Stanford Biodesign program, an initiative to improve healthcare through the innovation of new medical technology. Robert is specifically interested in improving the diagnostic capabilities of our doctors, especially those in developing countries, by developing novel medical imaging systems and techniques. His future plans include transitioning to the medtech industry and perhaps becoming a clinical engineer, working directly with both medical professionals and design engineers.

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2016 Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship awardee, Robert Hunt ’16

Asked to offer advice to future applicants, Robert said:

Firstly, start building strong relationships with your professors, employers, and roll-models early on, and do not let those relationships fade away. The benefits of such relationships are enormous, and are reaped by both parties. These mentors can provide you with great advice as you transition into the next phase of your life, whether that be graduate school, full-time employment, or any other pursuit. In regard to the Phi Kappa Phi application, letters of recommendation play a big role, and you will get the best letters from mentors that know you beyond what they see in the classroom/workplace.

My second piece of advice is to find a way to apply your intellectual strengths to some sort of service activity. Showing brilliance in the classroom is one thing, but your application will really shine if you can talk about how you utilize your skills to make society a better place. To go one step further, talk about how you plan to continue (and perhaps expand on) this service in your future career. And, of course, do your best to follow through with that plan!

Hunt is among 51 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. He is the twenty-first Aggie to receive the honor since 1980. To see a full listing of award winners from Texas A&M, visit http://pkptamu053.tamu.edu/History/Graduate-Fellowship-Awards.

Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society’s most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 51 Fellowships of $5,000 and six of $15,000 are awarded each year.

The selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships is based on the applicants’ evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

More About The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines and annually inducts 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 1.25 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, U.S. Representative Morris Udall, author Rita Dove and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 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 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, please call 800/804-9880 or visit http://www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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Awards and Grants Deadlines Approaching!

Each biennium, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $1 million to members through a number of competitions. Several of these competitions have deadlines in April:

Graduate Fellowship
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

TAMU Campus deadline – Friday, April 8
Completed applications should be returned to Rudder Tower, 9th Floor.
Questions? Contact Barbara Lee (barbara-lee@tamu.edu) 979-458-4900

Love of Learning
Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to): Graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/studies, etc. Recipients of the Fellowship award are not eligible to apply. One hundred sixty awards, at $500 each, are distributed each year.  We will now offer two application cycles each year, awarding eighty winners per cycle.

Session A Deadline – Wednesday, April 1, 2016

Literacy Grants
The Literacy Grants program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. The Society’s commitment to the cause of literacy grows out of and is consistent with its mission, which was expanded to include “…and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Deadline –Wednesday, April 1, 2016

Applications from our members benefit our local chapter in addition to helping to fund your own study and projects, so please consider applying!

Amélie Berger ’15 Awarded $5K Graduate Fellowship

College Station, TX – Amélie Berger ’15 of Paris, France, has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi–the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Berger also received a $500 scholarship as the nominee from the local chapter.

Berger, an environmental geoscience major with minors in oceanography and meteorology, graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2015 and will be pursing a Masters in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia.

Berger (center) at the 2014 PKP Induction Ceremony, with Dr. Steven Quiring (left) and Dr. Oliver Frauenfeld (right).

Berger (center) at the 2014 PKP Induction Ceremony, with Dr. Steven Quiring (left) and Dr. Oliver Frauenfeld (right).

Berger is among 51 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society’s most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 51 Fellowships of $5,000 and six of $15,000 are awarded each year.

The selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships is based on the applicants’ evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

More About The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines and annually inducts 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 Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, author Ernest Gaines and broadcast journalist Deborah Norville. 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 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, please call 800/804-9880 or visit http://www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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2015 Spring Induction and Recognition

April 19, 2015

College Station, TX – The Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi inducted 328 new members. Students 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.  Austin Hahn, 2015 Outstanding Junior for the Dwight Look College of Engineering was honored as University Outstanding Junior. Hahn will receive a $1000 scholarship and plaque commemorating his selection. Ten additional students were honored as Outstanding Junior for their respective colleges, and were each presented with plaques and $500 scholarship.

Sevent students stand holding plaques.

2015 Outstanding Juniors (left to right): Kallie Fuchs, Collin Kohlmeyer, Andy Habib, Julia Deleeuw, Taylor Herrmann, Eleni Mijalis, Amanda Sterne. Not pictured: Emma Epps, Austin Hahn, Salwan Abou Salem.

The 2015 PKP Outstanding Juniors are Kallie Fuchs, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; Taylor Hermann, College of Architecture; Julia Deleeuw, Mays Business School; Emma Epps, College of Education and Human Development; Collin Kohlmeyer, College of Geosciences; Kaitlyn Kellermeyer, College of Liberal Arts; Eleni Mijalis, College of Science; Andy Habib, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Amanda Sterne, Texas A&M University at Galveston; and Salwan Abou Salem, Texas A&M University at Qatar. For more information about the 2015 Outstanding Juniors, please see: 2015 Outstanding Juniors Announced.

In addition to the junior, senior and graduate student inductees,  Dr. S. Kent Anderson, executive associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning was initiated based on his  commitment to 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 provided an opportunity to recognize the Texas A&M nominee 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 environmental geosciences major Amélie Berger, the 2014 TAMU Outstanding Junior, received the chapter nomination for the national competition and a scholarship from the local chapter.

Dr. Steven Quiring, outgoing president, offered the following reflection on the ceremony: “The motto of Phi Kappa Phi is ‘Let the love of learning rule humanity.’ I am pleased to report that the love of learning is alive and well at Texas A&M University. This year we recognized an outstanding group of students who are not only passionate about learning, but who are also putting what they learn into practice through their service and leadership activities on the campus and around the world. It is a privilege to acknowledge the accomplishments of these students.”

More About The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines and annually inducts 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 Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, author Ernest Gaines and broadcast journalist Deborah Norville. 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 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, please call 800/804-9880 or visit http://www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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Awards and Grants Deadlines Approaching!

Each biennium, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $1 million to members through a number of competitions. Several of these competitions have deadlines in April:

Graduate Fellowship
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

TAMU Campus deadline – Tuesday, April 6
Completed applications should be returned to Rudder Tower, 9th Floor.
Questions? Contact Barbara Lee (barbara-lee@tamu.edu) 979-458-4900

Love of Learning
Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to): Graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/studies, etc. Recipients of the Fellowship award are not eligible to apply. One hundred sixty awards, at $500 each, are distributed each year.  We will now offer two application cycles each year, awarding eighty winners per cycle.

Session A Deadline – Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Session B Deadline – Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Literacy Grants
The Literacy Grants program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. The Society’s commitment to the cause of literacy grows out of and is consistent with its mission, which was expanded to include “…and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Deadline –Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Applications from our members benefit our local chapter in addition to helping to fund your own study and projects, so please consider applying!