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  • Applicants must apply through their local chapter. Chapter deadlines vary, typically two weeks prior to the national deadline. Check with your chapter.
  • National Deadline - April 15, 2016
  • 2016 Fellowship Application

Chapters Only

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.

Phi Kappa Phi is proud to present the 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipients:

Marcus L. Urann Fellows

Eaton_1Blake Eaton believes everyone deserves a voice and hopes to give them one as a public defender. The San Diego native had a 4.0 GPA as an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Dallas, and served as an intern with the Innocence Project of Texas, with the San Diego County Office of the Alternate Public Defender, and as a Bill Archer Fellow, studying the dynamics of Supreme Court nomination hearings in Washington, D.C. He will pursue his juris doctorate at the University of Chicago Law School. “Every defendant deserves someone they can count on, someone who will fight for their interests to the bitter end,” Eaton says.

Evans_1Austin Evans visited his grandfather’s The Ohio State University research lab as a child, planting an early interest in science that bloomed into an interest of environmental remediation after a stint as an Oklahoma ranch hand. While studying at The University of Tulsa, he developed a polysulfide polymer synthesized from sustainable feedstocks that can be used to clean up polluted waterways. He also founded and led two student organizations, Blue Thumb and STEM^2, to clean up local waterways and improve science education in public schools, respectively. Evans will continue his studies at Harvard University, pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry. 


Kathleen Hupfeld is out to make a difference. Driven by her own experiences with a sister with a learning disability and tutoring children in Australia and Ghana, Hupfeld specializes in translational research. At Elon University, her undergraduate work on brain stimulation and learning was supported by a $15,000 Lumen Prize and she was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her upcoming graduate work. She will pursue her Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in cognition and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Michigan as one of fewer than ten students accepted into the concentration this year. 


Khan_1Kirin Khan completed a dual degree program in biochemistry and genetics as an undergraduate at Clemson University. As a child, Khan and her family emigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan and, on return trips to the country, she witnessed the challenges women can face in pursuing educational and career goals, inspiring her to work harder and reach higher in her own academic career. She threw herself into science courses, medical shadowing, tutoring and other activities as she explored a medical career. Khan will attend the Duke University School of Medicine with the goal of becoming a primary care doctor, addressing holistic health and empowering her patients.

Orr_1Ashley Orr
is a Rhodes Scholar who hopes to lead a life of service. She started early, volunteering throughout middle school, high school and college at Youngstown State University. Orr led Youngstown’s Pen Pal mentorship program and co-founded Poverty Awareness while serving as student government president. Economics, she says, is like a study of happiness. She learned more about how economics affects policy as an intern at the Fourth District of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland. She will attend the University of Oxford, studying poverty traps and the econometric evaluation of policy, all in hopes of making a better future for the world’s poor.9 

Zivanov_1Catherine Zivanov wants to use her knowledge and passion for science to stop diseases. Her parents, immigrants from Vietnam and the former Yugoslavia, instilled in her a drive for academic excellence that led her to several notable honors as an undergraduate at the University of South Alabama, including both the university’s Honors Program Whiddon Scholarship and College of Medicine Scholarship, and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Zivanov graduated with a degree in chemistry and will pursue a doctor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with the goal of becoming an academic physician.

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Phi Kappa Phi Fellows

Name Chapter of Initiation
John William (JW) Barrera Winthrop University
Erin Barton Arizona State University
David Bayless Samford University
David Belcher10 University of California-Davis
Lee Borocz-Johnson Elmhurst College
Bliss Chang4 University of Alabama At Birmingham
David Danesh1 Ohio State University, The
Kelly Daniels1 University of Delaware
Kaitlyn DeHority Ithaca College
James Donahoe Marshall University
Zachary Dunn1 University of Texas at San Antonio, The
Sophia Ewens University of Houston
Adam Falasz Millikin University
Katherine Flesch St. Norbert College
Catriona Gates George Mason University
Irena Gorski Pennsylvania State University
Christina Hagemeier University of Kansas, The
Bridget Hansen University of Illinois at Chicago
Kirstie Hostetter University of Georgia
Robert Hunt Texas A&M University
Cody Jarman2 University of Tennessee at Martin, The
Claire Kelling8 Virginia Tech
Alyssa Kennedy University of Southern California
Anna Lawrence East Carolina University
Justin Lee Carnegie Mellon University
John Lempke University of Nebraska at Kearney
Samuel Loomis North Carolina State University
Chloe Madigan Middle Tennessee State University
Katarina Pacheco5 University of New Mexico, The
Jennifer Pepprock7 University of Montana, The
Pranati Pillutla1 California State University, Los Angeles
Alexandria Pozdnyakova San Jose State University
Ryan Prestil3 University of Wisconsin-Madison
Olivia Preston Portland State University
Elizabeth Ranger1 University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Ellen Rankins Auburn University
Kaitlyn Reasoner Berea College
Kami Richmond University of North Florida
Kenneth Roop-Eckart Columbus State University
Christian Ruiz Virginia Commonwealth University
Melissa Sagendorph Salem State University
Julia Savich Illinois Wesleyan University
Joseph Schartz South Dakota State University
Stormy Scharzenberger Oregon State University
Aastra Sharma Wesleyan College
Wesley Smith Nebraska Wesleyan University
Alexander Tran6 California State University, Fresno
Dyanne Vaught1 College of Charleston
Meghan Wagner University of Mississippi, The
Jessica Wheeler Kansas State University
Michael Young University of North Texas

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 created 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.

10 The Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet Fellow - Established in 2015, this fellowship honors the memory of Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet, a dedicated chapter officer who served the Society in leadership roles at the national, regional and chapter levels. Burnet taught textiles and clothing at Iowa State University from 1956 until her retirement in 1993. The fellowship is awarded to a top-ranking nominee in any discipline.

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