The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

chapter of merit
University of South
Phi Kappa Phi Chapter #194


2015-2016 Initiates at the University of South Alabama


Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year 2015-2016

Dr. Jim Davis of the Department of Chemistry has been chosen by Phi Kappa Phi's USA Chapter as its Scholar of the Year. His group is known for its activity in the area of ionic liquids (ILs). A particular contribution made by Dr. Davis to the development of the field has been in the introduction of functionalized or “task-specific” ionic liquids.


Phi Kappa Phi Artist of the Year 2014-2015

Phi Kappa Phi's USA Chapter chose Visual Arts Professor and Department Chair Jason Guynes as its Artist of the Year. See more of his work here.

PKP Undergraduate Research Award 2014-2015


Phi Kappa Phi proudly announces that David Skinner, a student in the Department of Biology, won the undergraduate research award for his paper “The QKI Gene's Tumor Suppressive Properties in Mice.” He received his award at the undergraduate research symposium at USA.


Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Mission and History


In 1897 at the University of Maine, ten senior students, two faculty members, and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence--one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."



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