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2021 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Chapter Awardee

Adriana Garcia

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Adriana Garcia will graduate from Texas State in May 2021 summa cum laude with a B.S. in Communication Disorders and a minor in Psychology. In Fall 2021, she will continue her education at Texas State and begin an M.S. in Communication Disorders. Her career goals are to become a medical Speech-Language Pathologist and specialize in neurogenic communication disorders and dysphagia in the older adult population. She hopes to create and promote multicultural training and therapy approaches to match the increasing cultural diversity of clients and to one day earn board certifications in brain injury and swallowing disorders.

NEWS: Our Chapter 325 has been named a Platinum Circle of Excellence chapter for a third year, 2020-2021.

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Phi Kappa Phi is more than a line on a résumé. The nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society initiates more than 30,000 members a year on 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

More than 1.25 million members have joined its ranks since Phi Kappa Phi’s founding in 1897 at the University of Maine. It is a global network of the best and brightest, a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for all generations.

Texas State University was awarded Chapter 325 by the Phi Kappa Phi Governing Board in Spring of 2013.  The chapter was installed on October 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM in the Wittliff Collections. The first inaugural class of student members was initiated into the society on April 3, 2014.

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2020 Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Awards

Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to): Graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/research/learning, etc. Two hundred awards, at $500 each, are nationally distributed each year. Two Texas State chapter members received this award in 2020, both doctoral students in the Department of Geography: Milad Korde and Andrea Pinon. Congrats to them!

Milad Korde

Mi­lad is a Ph.D. candidate in the Geographic Information Systems pro­gram at Texas State Uni­ver­sity. He earned his second M.S. de­gree in Sustainability Studies from the same institution. His re­search in­ter­ests are in cli­mate change, clean en­ergy, and human-environment interaction. He is currently teaching the Fundamentals of GIS at the Geography Department at Texas State University.

Andrea Pinon

Andy is a Ph.D. student earning her doctorate in Geography with a research focus in Zoogeomorphology using Remote Sensing and Structure from Motion technologies to study landcover change. She will be studying the zoogeomorphic impacts of gorillas, elephants, and buffalos in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda in the coming year. She will be conducting her field work alongside top scientists at the Karisoke Research Center, a program of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the longest running gorilla research site in the world. Her project helped her earn a 2019 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), a program managed by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, to study Swahili in Tanzania last summer. She plans to use her newly acquired language skills during her dissertation field work next Spring in Equatorial Africa where she will study megafauna in the wild. Andy graduated from the Honors College in 2016 and conducted her honors thesis research on riparian landscape restoration following a catastrophic flood. She is also a 2014 Terry Transfer Scholar and has served several years as a Terry Interview Panelist. As an undergraduate, Andy studied abroad in South Africa at the Center for African Conservation Ecology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. As a graduate student, she served as a Study Abroad Program Assistant in Norway and Iceland. She currently manages several research projects including one for Westcave Preserve and a remote sensing project exploring hippo zoogeomorphic influence in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Andy teaches undergraduate Geomorphology and Physical Geography lab courses in the Geography Department at Texas State.

Texas State University Named 2020 Excellence in Innovation Recipient by Phi Kappa Phi

Read the story here.

Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz, executive director of university’s LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, and research associate professor of engineering education in College of Education, launched FAMA in 2013.
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Mael Le Noc

2020 Dissertation Fellowship Recipient

Phi Kappa Phi is proud to present the 2020 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship recipient, Maël Le Noc.  Each doctoral candidate received an award of $10,000.

Towards a Geography of Persecution: The Case of the Arts-et-Métiers and the Enfants-Rouges Quarters of the Third Arrondissement of Paris, 1940-1946

2019-2020 Chapter Fellowship Prize ($700) to Rachel Glassford

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Rachel Glassford

Raye Glassford graduated from Texas State in 2019 with a B.A. in English and double minors in History and Anthropology. In fall 2020, she will begin a Masters in Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin. Raye has a deep and abiding fascination with storytelling as a social phenomenon; her research focuses on the nexus of fiction and public memory.

2019-2020 Chapter Fellowship Recognition Award ($300) to Katrina Fitzpatrick

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Katrina Fitzpatrick

Katrina L. Fitzpatrick is a non-traditional student majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. She graduated summa cum laude in May 2020. Following graduation, Katrina will begin UT Austin's Post-BSW One-Year MSSW program with a full scholarship and stipend via the BRIDGE Project, an interdepartmental initiative (Social Work, Special Education, and Communication Sciences and Disorders) to develop transitional skills in kids ages 12-21 who have autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Katrina's career goals are to create interventions for the disability community, with a focus on transitional skills for young adults and caregiver supports for parents, partners, and siblings of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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  • President - Dr. Catherine M. Jaffe, Professor, Department of Modern Languages

    Vice President - Dr. Kambra K. Bolch, Associate Dean, University College

    Secretary - TBA

    Treasurer -  Dr. Daniel A. Brown, Dean, University College

    Graduate Education Officer -  Dr. Andrea Golato, Dean, Graduate College

    Initiation Officer - Dr. Heather C. Galloway, Dean, Honors College

    Student Liaison Officer - Ms. Melanie Liddle, Staff, Honors College

    Student Vice President -  Anjuli Backer

    Student Vice President -  Alisa Hartsell




  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's ongoing commitment to excellence is reflected in its awards and grants programs. More than $1 million is awarded each biennium to outstanding students, Phi Kappa Phi members, and chapters through the Society's various awards competitions Click here for information on these opportunities or click on the links below for specific opportunities :

    Upcoming Deadlines

    • Dissertation Fellowships

    November 30, 2020


    • Graduate Research Grants

    November 30, 2020


    • Fellowship 

    Chapter deadline: March 1, 2021

    National deadline: April 15, 2021


    • Literacy Grants

    April 1, 2021


    • Love of Learning Awards

    June 30, 2021


    • Excellence in Innovation Award

    December 2021 (TBD)


    • Scholar and Artist Awards

    February 1, 2022


    • Distinguished Service Award

    February 1, 2022




  • All degree seeking students who have completed 18 hours of graduate work at Texas State and are in the top 10% of their class.  At Texas State, this currently means students must have an overall graduate GPA of 4.0.

  • All undergraduate seniors who have completed at least 90 hours and are in the top 10% of their class.  Students must have completed 24 hours at Texas State. The GPA to stay in the top 10% is not constant and is calculated each semester by college.  The minimum overall GPA for the Fall 2020 invitation list is given below.

    • 3.65 - College of Applied Arts
    • 3.70 - McCoy College of Business Administration
    • 3.73 - College of Education
    • 3.79 - College of Fine Arts and Communication
    • 3.77 - College of Health Professions
    • 3.73 - College of Liberal Arts
    • 3.68 - College of Science and Engineering
    • 3.21 - University College
  • All undergraduate juniors who have completed at least 72 hours and are in the top 7.5% of their class.  Students must have completed 24 hours at Texas State. The GPA to stay in the top 7.5% is not constant and is calculated each semester by college.  The minimum overall GPA for the Fall 2019 invitation list is given below:

    • 3.70 - College of Applied Arts
    • 3.72 - McCoy College of Business Administration
    • 3.81 - College of Education
    • 3.81 - College of Fine Arts and Communication
    • 3.87 - College of Health Professions
    • 3.83 - College of Liberal Arts
    • 3.79 - College of Science and Engineering
    • 3.22 - University College

Org. Fall Meetings

Next meeting: TBA.

Chapter Dues

The local chapter dues for faculty and staff who are already members can be paid by going to this link to Phi Kappa Phi.  Chapter dues are $30 annually.

 A $300 chapter life membership is also available.


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