Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
"Let the love of learning rule humanity."
Phi Kappa Phi Chapter #194
Phi Kappa Phi was born different. In 1897, 10 senior students, 2 faculty members and the University of Maine president created a new kind of honor society, one that recognized excellence in all 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 rule 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.
Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year: Dr. Ron Kiene
Dr. Ronald P. Kiene of Marine Sciences was been chosen by Phi Kappa Phi's USA Chapter as its Scholar of the Year. His research focuses on the role of microorganisms in the cycling of organic matter and important elements such as sulfur and nitrogen in aquatic systems. Dr. Kiene received his award at the PKP induction ceremony on November 16, 2016.