The Fresno State chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi initiated 86 new student members and eight honorary members via a virtual ceremony on May 3.

Honorary members initiated were:

  • Faculty – Dr. Aly Tawfik and Dr. Brissa Quiroz, Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering; Dr. Joe Ross, Department of Biology
  • Staff – Brad Barker, Technology Services; JoLynne Blake, Center for Faculty Excellence; Diana Karageozian, Student Health and Counseling Center
  • Administrator – Robert Guinn, Technology Services
  • Alumni – David Hodge, Children’s Hospital, Central California

Over 950 students, faculty and staff are current members of the Fresno State chapter.

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society with chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10% of seniors and graduate students and the top 7.5% of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

In 1953 Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 62 was installed at Fresno State. Phi Kappa Phi has since initiated over 9,150 individuals and served as the University’s honor society, recognizing superior academic achievement by students in all academic fields. The Fresno State chapter was awarded the Circle of Excellence Platinum Status for 2019-20. This is the highest level of recognition given to chapters of Phi Kappa Phi.

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