Kindall Stephens ’14 Awarded $5K Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

September 10, 2014

Kindall Stephens '14

Kindall Stephens ’14

College Station, TX-Kindall Stephens, ’14 of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been awarded a 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. Stephens also received a $500 scholarship as the nominee from the local chapter.

Stephens received a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University in May 2014 and will continue studies in architecture at Clemson University.

Stephens is among 57 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 Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, 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. 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, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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Kindall Stephens Nominated for Graduate Fellowship

April 13, 2014

College Station, TX-Kindall Stephens ’14, senior environmental design major is Texas A&M’s nomination for the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. This competition, open to society members entering their first year of graduate or professional study, awards six $15K and 51 $5K fellowships to outstanding applicants. Local chapters are allowed to nominate just one candidate from among local applicants. Stephens also received a $500 scholarship from the local chapter.

Dr. Miller congratulates Stephens

Dr. P.J. Miller, PKP President, congratulates Stephens at the 2014 Induction Ceremony.

As part of her application, Stephens detailed her scholarly and community involvement. She has been active with the American Institute of Architecture Students throughout her college career, including serving as president this year. Locally, Stephens has been involved with Aggie Habitat for Humanity, Fish Camp, and Texas A&M Women’s Club Volleyball (2010-11 National Champions). Her impressive resume was reinforced by detailed letters of recommendation that comment on Stephens’ poise. One referee noted that Stephens helped produce a design solution in a national competition that took top prize and that “her comportment and poise would have been impressive in a professional twice her age.” Another writer notes, “I have watched her take on the most difficult public relations job being the Career Fair Coordinator for the College of Architecture and [receive] rave reviews from the attending professionals.” Stephens is currently completing a capstone project for a client in another state. Commenting on this project, Stephens notes “the restaurant brings together most aspects of my education…as I work in communication skills, graphics, systems, and architectural design.”

Stephens is considering graduate school at Clemson University, the Glasgow School of Art, or the Taliesin School of Architecture. These schools each offer something different, but all would help Stephens pursue a focus on maintaining cultural diversity through sensitive design, as she described in her application essay:

With the diverse population today, we, as architects, look to different cultures and different times as invaluable inspirations for our work. My influences have been found through travels with my family and my experiences while I lived in Spain. These experiences have started to shape the way I view the world and how I aspire to work in the future. Through my construction technologies class during my semester in Barcelona, I analyzed the cultural differences in Spain and the Netherlands. The cultures and climates shape the architecture and, by looking merely at windows, one can tell which country they are in (as long as the correct connections are explored). In the Spanish and Dutch example, Spanish windows can be found through the options for opening while Dutch windows are large, fixed windows. In Spain,the operable windows with options for exposure levels help maintain circulation even if privacy needs change. In the Netherlands, the windows are fixed due to a need to keep heat in buildings. In this way, architecture has helped shape the culture and a large workforce exists in window washing due to the difficulty of accessing the windows to clean. These differences show us one solution does not work even for problems on a global scale. Each area needs to be addressed in a way that is culturally connected to the land and the people.

Stephens, and fellow Honors Student Brian Sowell, will make a presentation on their capstone work of creating a master plan for rebuilding the town of West Liberty, KY, which was hit by a tornado in 2012. The presentation will take place Thursday, May 8 at 4:00 PM in the 4th floor review space in Langford Architecture Building A.

More about Phi Kappa Phi

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Since Phi Kappa Phi’s founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated into its ranks.

TAMU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter to Nominate Student for $15K Fellowship

Students often inquire about the relative benefit of accepting nomination for college honor societies. Some of the best advice for students considering this question entails having the student consider the kind of benefits and activities available locally, and whether or not these are personally meaningful to the student.

In addition to joining a vibrant community of intellectually-motivated people, membership in Phi Kappa Phi affords student access to funding to support lifelong learning and artistic development. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $1 million to outstanding members and chapters.

The Texas A&M University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has the opportunity, as part of this process, to nominate a student for the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. This competition provides 51 – $5000 awards and 6 – $15,000 awards for members entering their first year of graduate or professional study.

Click here to apply. The campus deadline for completed applications is 5:00 PM, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in YMCA Room 200. Questions? Contact Barbara Lee (barbara-lee@tamu.edu) 979-458-4900.

More about Phi Kappa Phi

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Since Phi Kappa Phi’s founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated into its ranks.

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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A&M Phi Kappa Phi Chapter to Nominate Student for $15K Fellowship

Honors and Undergraduate Research

Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-seven Fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.  The deadline to apply for this award is April 1, 2011.  For complete information, visit http://honors.tamu.edu/Fellowships/Application%20Procedures.html#PKPFellowship.

Eligibility

  • Open to all active Phi Kappa Phi members (annual dues paid through March 31, 2011) or those who have accepted membership by June 30, 2011. Applications will be accepted from individuals selected for membership but not yet initiated.
  • Have applied to enroll as a full-time student in a post-baccalaureate program of study for the 2011-2012 academic year. Students in all professional or graduate fields are eligible.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on the applicant’s promise of success in graduate or professional…

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