Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2020 Dissertation Fellows

Alyssa Perez
Mar 27, 2020

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 2020 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 2020 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellows are:

  • Sarah Glenski, Yale University
  • Tahereh Granpayehvaghei, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Nicholas King, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Victoria Koski-Karell, University of Michigan
  • Xiaochen Li, University of Southern California
  • Maël Le Noc, Texas State University
  • Mohd Omar Faruk Sikder, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Rachel Straub, University of Southern California
  • Lucas F. W. Wilson, Florida Atlantic University
  • Yichao Zhang, University of Minnesota

“Phi Kappa Phi’s dissertation fellowships provide assistance to doctoral students to help them cross that critical line from ABD to degree completion. We are pleased and proud to be able to support members reach that goal,” 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. 

Established in 2014, the dissertation fellowships are part of the Society’s robust awards program, which gives 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