Mason to Hold Phi Kappa Phi Induction

Posted: April 12, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: April 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm

By Robin Herron

On Monday, April 18, Mason’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will initiate its first group of students and faculty and staff members into the society.

According to chapter secretary Marcy Glover, undergraduate education programs coordinator in the Office of the Provost, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective and most prestigious all-discipline honor society.

Mason was selected to host a chapter following a thorough review, including a site visit by the society’s senior leadership.

Standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are extremely high, Glover says. Membership is by invitation only to Mason’s top 7.5 percent of second-term juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

As of this week, 215 students and eight faculty or staff members have accepted membership. Those invited to membership may register through May 2.

Officers for the new Phi Kappa Phi chapter were installed on Jan. 21.

In addition to Glover, chapter officers are Kevin McCabe, professor of economics and law in the School of Law, president; Ali Weinstein, assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services, president-elect; Karen Kitching, assistant professor of accounting in the School of Management, treasurer; and Kirk Borne, associate professor of computational and data sciences in the College of Science, scholarships committee chair.

Benefits of membership include access to more than $700,000 in grants and awards; an online job board and mentor match service; virtual seminars from career advancement experts; and members-only discounts from a variety of vendors.

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