Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi North
Carolina State University Chapter 033 (Established 1923 )
Carolina State University Chapter 033
(Established 1923 )
Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society established in 1897 to recognize and promote academic excellence in all disciplines of higher education. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest, largest, and most selective of all such honor societies.
NC State Chapter Officers:
David Shafer, President
Kathy Brown, Past President
Susan C. Grant, Secretary-Treasurer
Grace L. Finkle, Student Nominations and Selection
Michael Bachman, Induction Ceremony Coordinator
Eric Alexy, Chemistry
A Gabriel DeCaro, Nuclear Engineering
Geun Young Park, Food Science and Nutrition Science
Grace Wright, Textile Engineering
April 7, 2015: 100th Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony
Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship
Courtney Vaughn, Biological Sciences
NC State Chapter Award of Excellence
Kathryn Hornaday, Biological Sciences
Phi Kappa Phi National Study Abroad Grants
Christopher Brittain Cooper, Chemical Engineering
Shannon Osborn, Biological Sciences*
*McKenzie Study Abroad Grant - Established in 2011 from the generosity of past Society President
Wendell H. McKenzie, Ph.D. and his wife Georgie McKenzie, the grant is given annually to a
successful applicant from North Carolina State University.
Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant
Johanne I. Laboy, Doctoral Candidate in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media
Recent Induction Ceremony Programs:
April 8, 2014 Induction Ceremony
April 2, 2013 Induction Ceremony
March 27, 2012 Induction Ceremony
March 29, 2011 Induction Ceremony
March 23, 2010 Induction Ceremony
History of Phi Kappa Phi:
Phi Kappa Phi was founded at the University of Maine in 1897 by a group of students, who wanted an honor society that would represent a broader diversity of disciplines than any currently existing society. The original name for the society was Lambda Sigma Eta. In 1898, the name of the society was changed to the Morrill Society in honor of the sponsor of the Land-Grant College Act. Interestingly, NCSU was one of the land-grant colleges established by the Morrill Act of 1864. In 1900, the presidents of the University of Maine, the University of Tennessee, and Pennsylvania State University gathered together to change the Morrill Society into a national honor society, renamed Phi Kappa Phi. These Greek letters represent the initial letters of the motto Philosophia Krateito Photon, which translates into "Let the love of learning rule humanity."
Our chapter was founded in 1923. Dr. W. A. Withers, who was head of the Department of Chemistry (for whom Withers Hall is named), was instrumental in this Chapter's organization.
Benefits of Membership:
Badge: The badge of the Society is a globe surrounded by the rays of the sun in eight groups, signifying the equal status of all branches of learning. The rays represent the dissemination of truth. Encircling the world is a band on which are the Greek letters Phi Kappa Phi, representing the bond of intellectual fraternity that encircles the earth and holds all men and women in a tie of common purpose.
Ribbon: The white ribbon of the Society is bordered with the design known in applied art as the "Walls of Troy," with the letters Phi Kappa Phi at the top. Troy represents the classical humanities and the walls symbolize the constructive skill of the sciences.
Seal: The seal of the Society consists of the badge surrounded by the Walls of Troy. Above are three stars to represent the three original chapters and below are the words "Founded 1897."
For more information about any of these topics, please see the National Phi Kappa Phi website.