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Contributed by Tammy Sritecha on 04/14/2014
Each year, the Ithaca College Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi invites outstanding seniors to apply for selection as the Chapter’s candidate for one of the prestigious National Fellowships for the first year of graduate or professional study.
This year’s nominee is Andrew Becker, a senior biochemistry major in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College.
Andrew plans to continue his study at one of the major medical schools in the country next year. In Fall 2014 Andrew was selected as the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi John Bernard Presidential Scholar Award. At Ithaca College, Andrew is the Director of Internal Communications for the Senior Class Cabinet, President of the Pre-Medical Society, President of the Diabetes Awareness Club, and a Group Leader for Ithaca College’s Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. He also serves as a Teaching Assistant at Ithaca College for chemistry courses and is an Academic Enrichment Services tutor for chemistry courses.
Phi Kappa Phi national winners of the fellowships will be announced by June 1, 2014. We wish Andrew all the best as his application goes forward for consideration at the national level.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.
Criteria used in the selection process include undergraduate academics, leadership and service both on the campus and in the community, graduate prospects, the student’s personal statement, and faculty and other recommendations. Our local chapter of Phi Kappa Phi received ten applications for consideration, all of which were outstanding.
Ithaca College has been fortunate to have an excellent track record in having fellowships awarded to its nominee. Recent Ithaca College winners of Fellowships are: Ann Stewart (Music and Mathematics, 1994), Pablo Cora (Music, 1995), Teresa Lemery (Physical Therapy, 1997), Dheeraj Verma (Mathematics and Finance, 1999), Bridget Reynolds (Psychology, 2002) Rebecca Hammontree (Music, 2004), Dominic DiOrio (Music, 2006), Joseph Livingston (Chemistry, 2007), Kaitlyn Alcorn (Music, 2010) and Kaylee Underkofler (Biochemistry, 2012).
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.
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