Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is one of the nation's oldest and largest honor societies and is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies. PKP's membership currently numbers more than 900,000 scholars from across the globe. Drawing membership from all divisions within the academic institution, PKP is the largest interdisciplinary honor society. It is in a unique position to cultivate consciousness of relationships by bringing together individuals from a variety of disciplines.
Approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni from 281 select colleges and universities are inducted annually. The PKP All-University Honor Society is USC's oldest honor society. Membership is by invitation only, with members initiated each Spring on the basis of academic excellence. Now in partnership with the USC Libraries, the USC Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi provides opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members to engage in research of the highest caliber, to share their experiences with one another and to be recognized for their accomplishments by a supportive academic community.
Announcing: Faculty Nominations of Doctoral Candidates for Phi Kappa Phi
The USC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi extends an invitation for Faculty to nominate premier doctoral students in your academic discipline for their academic excellence. To be eligible, a doctoral student must have passed the qualifying examination. In the nomination form (see link below), the chair of the department, graduate advisor of the program, or chair of the dissertation committee should state the student ranks in the top ten percent of the students with whom they have worked.
Phi Kappa Phi will invite those students who have been nominated to the initiation ceremony. We hope you or another representative from your department or school can join us for the ceremony.
Nominations should be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 to Pi Kappa Phi in person at Leavey Library room 301, MC 2571 or, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note that masters and undergraduate students are automatically nominated for membership based on a qualifying grade point average.)
If you have any questions, please contact Phi Kappa Phi at email@example.com or call 213-740-7345.
To download the application, click here.
2015 Scholarships and Fellowships
2015 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for First-Year Graduate or Professional Study
Open to Phi Kappa Phi members who will begin their first year of graduate or professional study between May 1, 2015, and February 1, 2016. USC PKP will select:
- Recipients of the local chapter fellowship; number of recipients and amounts of awards vary each year.
- One candidate to compete at the national level for larger fellowships of $5,000-$15,000.
- One student from among all fellowship applicants to receive the 2015 Carl and Sterling Franklin Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship.
Download application materials and submit completed applications in hardcopy to the USC PKP chapter office on campus. The USC chapter office must receive completed applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Only one application is necessary—USC PKP will consider applicants for all awards listed above.
To download general instructions and an application, click here.
2015 Undergraduate Summer Scholarship
The USC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi invites all undergraduate students to apply for a scholarship to support research or creative projects during the summer of 2015:
- The scholarship supports research or creative projects that awardees will undertake during summer 2015.
- Awards of up to $1,000.
- Open to USC sophomores and juniors (as of spring 2015) with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
- Phi Kappa Phi membership is not required.
- Students graduating in May, 2015, are not eligible.
The USC chapter office must receive completed applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
To download general instructions and an application, click here.
Phi Kappa Phi 2015 Spring Initiation Ceremony
This year the 2015 USC commencement season kicks off, as it does every year, with the annual PKP initiation ceremony to be held Wednesday afternoon, May 13, at Bing Theater on the university park campus.
At this event we honor outstanding USC undergraduates and graduate students, and initiate those faculty and staff colleagues who are newly elected to membership. Our speaker this year is Michael Quick, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Click here to view last year's event program.
2015-16 Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards Program
The USC chapter will call for applications in the fall of 2015 for the 32nd annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding artistic and academic works by both undergraduate and graduate students. Four awards of $500 each are available.
Check back to this site in the summer for application instructions. The four winners will be presented with awards at the USC Annual Academic Honors Convocation to be held in April of 2016.
2013-14 First-Year Academic Success
The following students were recognized by Phi Kappa Phi for outstanding academic work during their freshman year at USC from Fall 2013 through Spring 2014. In addition, two outstanding juniors, Akshay Joshi and Gabriel Mel, were initiated as full members of Phi Kappa Phi.
The ceremony took place on November 14th, 2014, in Doheny Memorial Library and featured keynote speaker Dr. Christina Yu Yu with the Sophmore address by USC School of Cinematic Arts student, Aaron Ashby.
Dr. Christina Yu Yu joined the USC Pacific Asia Museum from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she served as assistant curator of Chinese art. At LACMA she was instrumental in forming collaborations on all educational programs related to Chinese art and culture. Dr. Yu Yu is also the co-founder of Pacific Connections, an advocacy organization founded to raise the visibility of contemporary Asian art in Southern California. Dr. Yu Yu earned her BA at Wellesley, her MA at Boston University, and her PhD from the University of Chicago.
Aaron Ashby is a Trustee Scholar and a sophomore in the Film & TV Production program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is a student in the Thematic Option honors program, has a minor in Digital Studies, and participates in the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. He also serves on the Executive Board of the African American Cinema Society. Along with cofounder Michael Chang, Aaron is currently building the Jukebox Art Collective, an interdisciplinary arts festival and exhibition set to open in spring 2015 and featuring the work of artists from USC, South L.A., and New York.
Congratulations to all of the students and their families:
Phi Kappa Phi Initiates: