Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2019 Dissertation Fellows

Beth Colvin
Mar 28, 2019

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 2019 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 10 students spanning a number of academic disciplines from science and technology to arts and humanities.

The 2019 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellows are:

  • Kathryn Accurso, University of Massachusetts
  • Elizabeth Bell, The University of Oklahoma
  • Saurabh Biswas, Arizona State University
  • Gustavo Eidji Camarinha Fujiwara, University of Washington
  • Rachel Fenske, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jennifer O. Gammage, DePaul University
  • Kristin George Bagdanov, University of California, Davis
  • Monica K. Lieng, University of California, Davis
  • Rachelle Wang-Cendejas, University of Southern California
  • Christine Wisch, Indiana University

“Through our Dissertation Fellowship program, Phi Kappa Phi is proud to help doctoral students at a critical point in their degree programs, crossing the line from ABD to completion of the doctorate,” said Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.

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. Click here to learn more about this year's recipients.

Established in 2014, the dissertation fellowships are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give nearly $1 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