The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2018 Dissertation Fellows

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The $10,000 fellowships are designed to support active Phi Kappa Phi members currently in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study.

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“Crossing that ABD line is critical to a successful academic or professional career. We are delighted to offer dissertation fellowships to assist Phi Kappa Phi members in reaching the finish line of their doctoral programs," said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, today announced the recipients of a 2018 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship. The $10,000 fellowships are designed to support active Society members currently in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study.

This year’s class of fellows represents a group of 10 students spanning a number of academic disciplines from science and technology to arts and humanities.

The 2018 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellows are:

  • Elizabeth Michelle Bevan, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Derek N. Boetcher, University of Florida
  • Julia Cosacchi, Fordham University
  • Blair Flicker, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Malinee Neelamegam, University of South Florida
  • Michael Nevradakis, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Alexandra E. Nielsen, Portland State University
  • Vinit C. Shanbhag, University of Missouri
  • Morgan F. Smith, Texas A&M University
  • Kandis Wright, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

“Phi Kappa Phi has long been known for supporting graduate students at the beginning of their studies, but only recently have we introduced support at the end of their programs,” said Society Executive Director, Dr. Mary Todd. “Crossing that ABD line is critical to a successful academic or professional career. We are delighted to offer dissertation fellowships to assist Phi Kappa Phi members in reaching the finish line of their doctoral programs.”

The recipients were selected based on a number of criteria including how the fellowship will contribute to the completion of the dissertation, the significance of original research, and endorsement by the dissertation chair. Each fellow will receive $10,000 to apply toward 12 months of dissertation writing.

Established in 2014, the dissertation fellowships are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give $1.4 million each biennium to outstanding students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

To learn more about the Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship Program and this year’s recipients, please visit http://www.phikappaphi.org/dissertation.

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 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. 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 http://www.phikappaphi.org.

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