Member Mentions – October 2020

Oct 26, 2020

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's international community is a unique blend of students, academicians, and corporate and civic leaders from all fields of endeavor. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and rewards academic success. That recognition doesn’t end after initiation. From their time in school to their professional career, Society members’ hard work continues to pay off and be acknowledged.

Phi Kappa Phi would like to congratulate these members on their recent achievements:

Thomas E. Baker (California State University, Long Beach) has been named a Fulbright Scholar. The Indiana native will research and provide mentorship at the University of York as part of a project to study the exact properties of density functional theory. 

Lesley Casarez (Angelo State University) and ASU's online Master of Science in professional school counseling degree program have been selected for a 2020 John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program Award. The award is given to online education programs that exhibit a proven track record of excellence.

Nathan Lin (Youngstown State University), a senior majoring in chemical engineering, has received a scholarship from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ohio Space Grant Consortium for his research project, "A Numerical Study of a Cyclone Separator at Reduced Operating Pressures."

Megan Losoncy (University of Tulsa) has been named an Outstanding Senior at the University of Tulsa. Losoncy, a graphic design major, was chosen for her exceptional achievement in academics and community engagement.

Jessica Thayer (Frostburg State University) has been named a Newman Civic Fellow, which recognizes and supports community-committed students "who are changemakers and public problem-solvers." As a senior with a double major in law and society and political science, Thayer is also the Student Government Association vice president at FSU.

Chloe Todd (Texas A&M University) has been named as TAMU's Outstanding Junior for 2020. Todd, a biology major, was chosen from among all of the students named as outstanding juniors for each of the school's colleges and will receive a scholarship for the honor.

At Clemson University, two Society members began their journey as Beckman Scholars. Shaoni Dasgupta, a biological sciences major, and Nathan Matzko, a biochemistry major, join an elite group of students across 13 institutions. Each will participate in a 15-month mentored laboratory experience and present their completed work at the Beckman Symposium.

At Troy University, several Society members were honored during the 2020 Accountancy Day Awards and Scholarships. Christopher Gehman and Trista Jarvis won the Frank Sims and Sarah Smith Anderson Scholarship. Breana Johnson won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Sorrell College Student Excellence Award. AnnaLee Ludlam won the South Central Chapter of ASCPAs Scholarship.

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