More than 60 new members join Phi Kappa Phi at UW-Madison

April 25, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 021 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has inducted more than 60 students into membership at its 97th Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony.

The ceremony was held on April 23 in Varsity Hall, Union South. The keynote speaker was Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine & Public Health.

Five UW–Madison deans were also inducted: Dean Karl Scholz of the College of Letters & Science; Dean Diana Hess of the School of Education; Dean Robert Golden of the School of Medicine and Public Health; Dean Mark Markel of the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Dean Linda Scott of the School of Nursing. In addition, honorary membership was granted to Professors Clifton Conrad, Anne Pringle and Drs. Don Gillian-Daniel and Devin Wixon.circle

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society that is open to students across disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi recognizes the achievements of the most outstanding students in every school and college at UW–Madison. The UW–Madison chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1920 and has had a continuous presence on this campus ever since. Each fall invitations are sent to the top 10 percent of graduate students, the top 10 percent of seniors and the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors in each school and college.

The UW–Madison Phi Kappa Phi Chapter is also proud to announce that UW–Madison students  Will Porter and Laura Hamman are the recipients of two of only ten national Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowships. Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 each are awarded annually to active members who are doctoral candidates and are completing dissertations. In addition, every year for the past four years a UW–Madison student has received the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship award.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine by a group of students who felt a need for an honor society that would recognize excellence across the whole range of academic disciplines Under the leadership of student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the letters of the Greek words forming its motto, Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, “Let the love of learning guide humanity.” Today, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others.

A list of new members is available here.