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.
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.