2024 Dissertation Fellows Announced

Alyssa Papa
Mar 20, 2024

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 2024 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship. The $10,000 fellowships are designed to support active Society members in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study.

This year’s class of fellows represents a group of 15 students spanning a number of academic disciplines from science and technology to arts and humanities.

The 2024 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellows are:

  • Katherine Ashley, University of Maine
  • Trevor Auldridge, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • James Barnes, The University of Virginia
  • Shannon Barry, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Laura Biagi, Florida State University
  • Elizabeth Cuerrier-Richer, Texas State University
  • Sachin Dhanda, Kansas State University
  • Shelby Garza, Texas State University
  • Quanda Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jisoo Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Melanie Lorenz, Marquette University
  • Conor McCabe, University of California, Davis
  • Melisa McCormick, University of Southern Maine
  • Alexander Schmid, Louisiana State University
  • Charles Spears, Kansas State University

“I extend a heartfelt congratulations to the deserving recipients of the 2024 Dissertation Fellowship. I encourage them to embrace this opportunity to further their academic pursuits, and my hope is these dissertations contribute to the advancement of knowledge. We are proud to support them on this journey,” said Society Executive Director and CEO Bradley Newcomer.

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.

Established in 2014, the dissertation fellowships are part of the Society’s robust award and grants portfolio, which gives $1.3 million each year 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