The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Announces Semifinalists for Excellence in Innovation Award

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The $100,000 award, given once per biennium, recognizes an institution for achievement in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national or global challenges.

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"Now in its second iteration, the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award serves as a showcase for the remarkable innovations that are making a difference every day on campuses across the country," said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi today announced the six semifinalists for the 2018 Excellence in Innovation Award. The $100,000 award, given once per biennium, will recognize an institution for achievement in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national or global challenges.

The semifinalists were chosen from a large pool of applicants representing multifaceted projects at colleges and universities across the nation. The six semifinalists were selected based on the project’s ability to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes to create systemic large-scale change.

The six semifinalist institutions are:

  • California State University, Fresno
  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Elon University
  • Marquette University
  • University of North Alabama
  • Western Michigan University

"Now in its second iteration, the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award serves as a showcase for the remarkable innovations that are making a difference every day on campuses across the country," said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. "Phi Kappa Phi is proud to recognize the good work for which higher education is known through this award. We are eager to learn more as the semifinalists submit their portfolios."

Three finalists for the award, selected by a jury of emeritus presidents and provosts, will be announced in May. The recipient institution will receive $100,000 in tangible recognition of its best practice in response to the changes and challenges facing higher education in the 21st century. The award will be presented at the Society’s biennial convention on August 3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Since 1932, Phi Kappa Phi has awarded fellowships and grants to members and students on its chapter campuses. Currently, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium through programs that last year recognized over 350 individuals. The Excellence in Innovation Award, first awarded in 2016 to Tulane University, is the Society’s only award for institutions.

For more information about the award, visit http://www.phikappaphi.org/innovation.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. 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, Phi Kappa Phi has recognized the academic excellence of more than 1.5 million members on its chapter campuses. For more information, visit http://www.phikappaphi.org.

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