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Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and most selective honors society for all majors, is a century-old international community of distinguished scholars and professionals.

Because it is interdisciplinary, people from all academic areas of the university may be invited to become members.  Each spring, new members are invited to join the chapter based on their academic record and in accordance with national society guidelines. An initiation ceremony for those who accept our invitation to join is held each spring semester. To date, almost 1800 people have been elected to the Salem State University chapter, which has a Facebook group here.

Here at Salem State, the chapter sponsors a speaker at the annual Darwin Festival and has helped co-sponsor such cultural events as a poetry reading and workshop with poets Aeronwy Thomas and Peter Thabit Jones. Each year we also recognize a teacher on the North Shore who is a graduate of the university and who has demonstrated superior teaching in the classroom.

The national Society sponsors a number of fellowship and grant programs. Emerging Scholar Awards and Study Abroad grants are available to any qualifying student from Salem State, while the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship program, Lover of Learning Grants and Literacy Grants are only available to active members of the chapter. For more information, go to phikappaphi.org.

The current officers of the Salem State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi are:

Office

Officer

Department

President

Victoria Morrison

Nursing

Vice-president

Christine Mellin

MSCA


Treasurer


Scott Nowka 


English

Secretary

Patricia Buchanan


English

Publicity Officer


William Cornwell
 
Philosophy
 
Student Vice Presidents


Lisa Danca, Nicole Dion, Paige McNickol, and Thea Miller

 

 

Who is invited to membership?

You must be invited to join the chapter. Each spring, new members are invited to join the chapter based on their academic record and in accordance with national Society guidelines. These qualifications are:

  • Senior undergraduates who have at least 24 credits at Salem State and who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class
  • Juniors who have completed 72 credits with at least 24 at Salem State and who are in the top 7.5 percent of their class
  • Graduate and professional students with one year of full time work (or equivalent) and who are in the upper 10 percent of all candidates for graduate or professional degrees in each school
  • Faculty, administrators, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction

2010 Initiates [PDF]

Fellowship Program

Each year, PKP awards fellowships to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. Learn more.

Love of Learning Award

Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity! is the motto of our national honor society—Phi Kappa Phi. One way our chapter promotes learning at Salem State is by sponsoring a speaker at the annual Darwin Festival. To further promote learning at Salem State—and to improve PKP’s visibility—by providing financial support to other deserving programs (ongoing or new) on campus, chapter members are invited to use the accompanying form to nominate such a program, enabling the chapter to promote learning and giving Phi Kappa Phi wider campus recognition. Learn more.

Scholar Award

The Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award honors those who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarship. Awardees receive a $1,000 honorarium, a one year active membership and a recognnition certificate. The Scholar Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research and public service and is awarded once per biennium. Learn more.

Artist Award

The Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award honors those who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarships. Awardees receive a $1,000 honorarium, a one year active membership, and a recognition certificate. The Artist Award recognizes the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts - creative, graphic, performing, visual, and/or fine arts. Learn more.

Study Abroad

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad grants are designed to support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Learn more.

Literacy Grants

As part of Phi Kappa Phi's mission "to engage the community of scholars in service to others," grants of up to $2,500 are available to champion literacy initiatives. Learn more.

Distinguished Service Award

The Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. The award recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium, a life membership and a recognition citation. The award is given once per biennium. Learn more.