Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2018 Dissertation Fellows

Mar 20, 2018

Phi Kappa Phi has 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 North Texas
  • 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, click here.