Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2017 Dissertation Fellows

Mar 21, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi has announced the recipients of a 2017 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 disciplines from science and engineering to arts and humanities.

The 2017 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellows are:

  • Michelle Asbill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ananda Bandara, Kansas State University
  • Matthew L. Bush, University of Kentucky
  • Juan Castro, University of South Florida
  • Laura Hamman, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Bo Cheng Jin, University of Southern California
  • Matthew T. Kerr, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Sarah Mayo, University of Georgia
  • Will Porter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Anna Joy Rogers, University of Alabama at Birmingham

“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 very end,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “Crossing that ABD line is critical to a successful academic or professional career, so 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 Fellowship Program allocates $100,000 annually in support of active Phi Kappa Phi members. In addition to these fellowships, the Society awards $1.4 million each biennium to qualifying 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, click here.