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Phi Kappa Phi Names Texas State University as 2020 Excellence in Innovation Recipient

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi today announced Texas State University as the 2020 recipient of its Excellence in Innovation Award. The $100,000 award, given biennially, recognizes Texas State for achievement in helping increase the interest of STEM careers for students in K-12 through their NASA Future Aerospace Engineers and Mathematicians Academy.

“Phi Kappa Phi is proud to recognize Texas State University for its highly innovative project in STEM education and bilingual community outreach,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The jury was impressed with the comprehensive nature of FAMA and its mission to underserved students, a fine example of the creative and groundbreaking programming our Excellence in Innovation Award was designed to honor and uplift.”

Established in 2013, FAMA is a hallmark program of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University. The program provides integrated year-round STEM programming to economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented student populations by engaging them in relevant STEM experiences with a focus on NASA contexts.

Since its launch the FAMA project has expanded to included four main programs: STEM Saturday and Summer Camps, the NASA Backpack Program, Technology-Rich Environments and Experiences, and Bilingual Family Community Outreach. Through these programs FAMA has served and enriched STEM experiences for more than 5,600 students.

Texas State, on behalf of its efforts through FAMA, was selected as the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Innovation Award by a jury of emeritus university presidents during a two-part screening process. The university was first chosen as one of six semifinalists before advancing as one of three finalists. The pool of entries represented inventive, multifaceted projects at institutions across the United States. Each institution was assessed on its project’s ability to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes to create systemic large-scale change.

“As a proud member of Phi Kappa Phi, it is a great honor to be chosen as the winner of the Excellence in Innovation Award,” said university President Denise Trauth. “We deeply value our NASA Future Aerospace Engineers and Mathematicians Academy as it advances STEM education and research. It is a great tribute to our hard-working faculty and staff that the Academy has gained this recognition.”

Since 1932, Phi Kappa Phi has awarded fellowships and grants to members and students on its chapter campuses. Nearly $1 million is awarded each year through programs that last year recognized over 350 individuals. The Excellence in Innovation Award, first awarded in 2016, is the Society’s only award for institutions.

2020 National Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship ($10,000): Maël Le Noc

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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

The Graduate College proudly congratulates Maël Le Noc for receiving a 2020 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship. Maël is one of only ten recipients nationwide of this prestigious award and is Texas State University’s first-ever student to be selected as an awardee. The highly competitive $10,000 fellowship is awarded annually to active members of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi who are doctoral candidates and are completing dissertations. The award provides financial support during the dissertation writing process to candidates whose projects demonstrate a high degree of originality and significant potential for advancing knowledge in the candidate’s discipline. With this award, Texas State graduate students have now received every award offered at the graduate level by Phi Kappa Phi, an extraordinary accomplishment for our chapter.

Asked what advice he would give to future applicants, Maël states his primary recommendation is simply “to apply.” He also emphasizes the importance of timing, noting that one of the main lessons he learned from the application process was “to start working on the application early” and to allow time to polish it. “It may be time consuming, but you'll get some funding if you take the time to do it well [and] target relevant opportunities. Make lists of which opportunities you might apply to later, even if it is not yet the right year to apply.” Finally, he mentions that students should talk with their advisors, as well as with other students, and he strongly emphasizes that all applicants should work with The Graduate College external funding coordinators, Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz and Dr. Brian Smith.


$700 Chapter Fellowship Prize: 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.

$300 Chapter Fellowship Recognition Award: Katrina Fitzpatrick

Katrina L. Fitzpatrick is a non-traditional student majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. She will graduate 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. 

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.

Please see our national website here for information on upcoming dates and facts about Phi Kappa Phi.

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NEWS: Our Chapter 325 has been named a Platinum Circle of Excellence chapter for a second year, 2019-2020.

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Phi Kappa Phi LogoNEWS: Five members of Texas State Chapter 325 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi were awarded Love of Learning Awards ($500) Fall 2019:


Laura Brackney – MM student in Music Composition

Joshua Brian Hodge – PhD student in Geography

Meagan Hoff – PhD student in Developmental Education

Amy Jiang – MEd student in Management of Technical Education

Melody Martinez – MS student in Aquatic Resources


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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 - Mr. Keith A. Needham, Senior Lecturer, Department of English

    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  -  Sierra Sullivan

    Student Vice President  -  Madalyn Williams


  • 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

    • Fellowship 

    Chapter deadline: March 6, 2020

    National deadline: April 15, 2020


    • Study Abroad Grants

    March 15, 2020


    • Literacy Grants

    April 1, 2020


    • Love of Learning Awards

    June 30, 2020


    • Dissertation Fellowships

    November 30, 2020


    • Graduate Research Grants

    November 30, 2020


    • Scholar and Artist Awards

    February 1, 2020


    • Distinguished Service Award

    February 1, 2020


    • Excellence in Innovation Award

    December 2021 (TBD)


  • 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 2019 invitation list is given below.

    • 3.65 - College of Applied Arts
    • 3.65 - McCoy College of Business Administration
    • 3.71 - College of Education
    • 3.77 - College of Fine Arts and Communication
    • 3.79 - College of Health Professions
    • 3.70 - College of Liberal Arts
    • 3.62 - College of Science and Engineering
    • 3.19 - 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:

    • 3.64 - College of Applied Arts
    • 3.77 - McCoy College of Business Administration
    • 3.74 - College of Education
    • 3.84 - College of Fine Arts and Communication
    • 3.81 - College of Health Professions
    • 3.83 - College of Liberal Arts
    • 3.71 - College of Science and Engineering
    • 3.22 - University College

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