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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

We are proud to present the 2013 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipients:

Marcus L. Urann $15,000 Fellowship Recipients

Paul Michael Bergen, a 2012 graduate of Auburn University, has aspirations to become a leading investigator in bacterial diseases and host response. While earning degrees in both microbiology and German, Bergen made many notable contributions to his university and community as evidenced through a superior academic record, prestigious achievements and critical research efforts. Bergen, described as “caring and compassionate, brilliant, humble and hard working,” continued his academic studies as a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University in Munich, Germany, during the 2012-2013 academic year. As a Marcus L. Urann Fellow, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Cambridge with a focus on how salmonella infects the host intestinal cell and overcomes the host immune response to cause disease.

Jennifer Black is an ambitious, self-driven and motivated scholar, which is evidenced by her academic studies as an undergraduate at the University of Wyoming. Because the university did not offer a major in classics, Black independently crafted an academic program to ensure she received the foundation and toolset necessary to pursue a career as a classical archaeologist. Majoring in both anthropology and history, she explored her interests in provincial Roman archaeology through extensive and rigorous coursework and studies abroad in a variety of countries including Italy, Croatia and Romania. Also the recipient of a number of notable awards, Black currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in classical archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley through the assistance of the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship.

Alexander Chaitoff is the recipient of the Alice and Russell True Foundation Fellowship awarded to a Marcus L. Urann Fellow pursuing a graduate education in the sciences. As an undergraduate at The Ohio State University, Chaitoff majored in microbiology and political science with aspirations of a career improving the quality of healthcare for minorities. This service-oriented drive was demonstrated by his role in the Pure Water Access Project (PWAP)—a project is aimed at improving water quality for the impoverished. As co-founder of PWAP, Chaitoff led a project in a Nicaragua to provide water filters to residents in need while also studying how the rural populations used the filters. As a Marcus L. Urann Fellow, Chaitoff is continuing studies in public health at the University of Sheffield before pursuing his M.D. at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. 9

Daniela Delgado is a determined, service-oriented leader who found her calling to become a physician and advocate for social justice. Growing up in Colombia, Delgado witnessed first-hand the correlation between poverty and unequal access to health care. Through her undergraduate studies in neuroscience and international studies at the University of Miami, she began a passionate journey to become a physician. Her career ambitions are to use the power of medical care to save lives and advocate against the inequalities in access and delivery of health care. Delgado’s superior academic record is accompanied by a variety of well-regarded research activities and volunteer services in the Miami community. She is continuing to strive for her lifelong goals through pursuit of a M.D. at Harvard Medical School with the assistance of the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship.

Dina Shahrokhi aims to become a unique kind of foreign policy leader—one who can bridge the gap between policymakers and regional specialists as an international mediator. As an undergraduate at The University of Texas, Dallas, her interest in international mediation grew as she excelled as a political science major with various on-campus leadership roles and service initiatives. Upon graduating, Shahrokhi moved to Syria to work for the United Nations on relief efforts for Palestinian refugees following the eruption of the Arab Spring. Through this experience and her academic preparation, she continued to cultivate her passion for foreign policy. As a Marcus L. Urann Fellow, Shahrokhi is continuing this drive and her commitment to working for peace in the Middle East as a graduate student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Connie Shi has an inspirational goal of pursuing a career in medicine: “enact change and alleviate suffering in the lives of others.” Through her studies of cellular and molecular biology while at the University of Michigan, Shi embraced the dynamic nature of medicine and explored biomedical research through an in-depth, three-year study of breast cancer progression. Shi’s critical and creative thinking skills, coupled with her exemplary academic record, have prepared her to pursue a career in cancer research. In addition, participation in a research program in Switzerland and on-campus leadership and service roles have only furthered benefitted her academic preparation and career path. Shi currently is pursuing her M.D. at Harvard Medical School through the assistance of the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship.

$5,000 Fellowship Award Recipients

Chapter of Initiation
Taylor Jade Adams
Florida State University
Menuka Ban
Mississippi University For Women
Jacob Basham 1
Middle Tennessee State University
Jacob Robert Becraft
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Simona Bor
California State University, Fullerton
Linsday Marie Carter
Western Carolina University
Maegan Childs
Oregon State University
Emily Jayne Cross
University of Montana
Robert Austin Donoghue
Westfield State University
Lua Eijsink Parsi
College of Charleston
Amy Christine Fairgrieve
Illinois Wesleyan University
Katie Rebecca Felix
Purdue University
Jasmine Anna Fierro
The University of Utah
Shriya Gandhi
University of Illinois at Chicago
Jaimie Lynn Gibbons 1
South Dakota State University
Laura Gilbert 2
Ball State University
Dylan M Harris
The University of Southern Mississippi
Stewart Wynn Humble 1
Louisiana State University
Taber Hunt
The University of Tulsa
Audra Nicole Iness
California State University, Fresno
Lindsey Elise Jones 3
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Kimberly Yang Jung 1
United States Military Academy
Behrod Babri Katebian
California State University, Northridge
Sara Marie Katrancha 4
Duquesne University
Catrina Sorae Kim
University of Houston
Anna Katherine Koster
University of Nevada,Reno
Austin Louis Lee
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Asif Ali Majid 5
University of Maryland, Baltimore Campuses
Danielle N. Martin
East Carolina University
Bret McCandless 6
Kansas State University
Ryan Patrick McLynn
University of Georgia
Ariel Mitchell 7
Brigham Young University
Jillian Nicole Moore 1
University of Arizona
Andrew James Morimoto
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Daniel Blackwell Munro
University of North Texas
Jacqueline Dawn Murphy
Colorado State University
Chelsea Nestel
Pennsylvania State University
Amy Nichols
Carnegie Mellon University
Amin Nojan
California State University, Sacramento
Rachael Christina Rosales
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Lori Ann Rusch
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Emily Noel Sanders
Oklahoma City University
Dawn Suzanne Schiller 8
Eastern Oregon University
Ravi Shah
The College of New Jersey
Jared David Smith
Clarkson University
Melanie Anne Sparks
University of Memphis
Shaina Taylor
Marshall University
Laura Kristen Tenpenny
University of Tennessee,Knoxville
Jessica Tieman
McKendree University
Laura Weieneth
Iowa State University
Jason Wong 1
University of Maryland, College Park

Named Fellowships

Several of Phi Kappa Phi's Fellowships have been endowed by generous donors. Below is a list that details the Society's named fellowships and the contributors who made them possible:

1 Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein Fellows - Both Dr. Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein were initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Maryland. Dr. Hohenstein was actively involved with Phi Kappa Phi for more than three decades.  In 2004, the first Hohenstein Fellow is awarded to a top ranking nominee in each of the 5 regions: Northeast, Southeast, North Central, South Central, Western and one recipient from the University of Maryland when applicable. If there is no appropriate recipient from the University of Maryland, then a Hohenstein Fellow should be selected on the basis of distinguished research or service.

2 Alfred M. Wolfe Fellow is awarded in his memory to a top ranking nominee majoring in Agriculture, Classical Latin/Ancient Greek, or English.

3 Yoerger Presidential Fellow - This fellowship, established in 2001 as a result of the generosity of Past National President Roger Yoerger is awarded each year to a student in one of the basic science disciplines (i.e., engineering, agriculture) rather than law or medicine.

4 Slater Fellow - In 1985, on his 95th birthday, Dr. James R. Slater, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Puget Sound, became the first member of the Society to make a special contribution to have a fellowship bear his name.  In awarding the Slater Fellow, preference is given to the top scorer whose undergraduate field is in the biological sciences.

5 The Deborah and John Yeakel Fellow - Dr. John A. Yeakel and his wife Deborah Yeakel established the fellowship in 2011 to support graduate education for student nominees from the state of New Mexico.  In the event that there are no nominees from a New Mexico chapter, the award will be given to any nominee pursuing graduate education in the fields of international relations, peace studies or conflict resolution.  In the event that an individual meeting either criteria is not available, the award will be given to any nominee pursuing graduate education in any field other than law.

6 Marjorie Schoch Fellow is awarded to a top ranking nominee. Mrs. Schoch earned a B.A. from Butler University and a Master of Library Science from the University of Illinois. She also enjoyed photography and travel.  She was a lifelong supporter of her local chapter and Phi Kappa Phi Foundation for which The Society has established a named fellowship in her memory.

7 Ruth E. Brasher Fellow - In recognition of years of dedicated services and in appreciation for her providing a planned gift to endow a fellowship, the Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors created a named fellowship in honor of Dr. Ruth E. Brasher. The fellowship is awarded to the nominee from Chapter #058 at Brigham Young University should that nominee be chosen as a Fellowship recipient. If there is no fellowship recipient from this chapter, preference will be given to a recipient whose record of service is exceptional and/or whose undergraduate major is domestic and family science, should there be one.

8 Kathleen Greey Fellow - The Greey Fellowship was crested in 2001 to honor the memory of the late Kathleen Greey, a longtime chapter officer at Portland State University, who provided funds for this purpose in her estate plan. Preference will be given to one of the top-ranking nominee whose undergraduate field is other than the basic sciences.

9 The Alice and Russell True Foundation Fellow - Established in 2012, this distinction is awarded to a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship recipient pursuing graduate education in any science field.





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