The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Recognizes and encourages
superior scholarship in all academic disciplines.
Honors persons of good character who excel in scholarship.
Serves the interests of the students by promoting an atmosphere
conducive to academic excellence.
Admission to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation
only and requires nomination and approval in accordance with the bylaws of
both the chapter and the national society. Invitation is to the top 7.5
percent of juniors, top 10 percent of seniors and the top 10 percent of
graduate students. For seniors and graduate students, there may be only one
invitation to join the Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi at WIU.
Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society, not an honorary society or
fraternity. Membership is earned and is a true honor.
A selected number of Western
faculty are invited to join each year.
Members of Phi Kappa Phi often are preferred candidates for
grants, scholarships and fellowships. Membership is widely accepted by
potential employers as an indicator of academic ability and motivation.
Members are eligible for the Phi Kappa Phi National Graduate Fellowship
Award. To support first-year graduate work, the Society annually offers 60
Fellowships for $5,000 each and 40 Awards of Excellence for $2,000.
The Chapter nominee for a Graduate Fellowship receives a one-year
paid membership to the Society.
Graduating students who are nominated by their local chapters are
eligible to compete for these national awards.
The WIU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi annually awards three memorial
scholarships for $500 each to outstanding juniors.
To encourage and support student research, the WIU Chapter
annually present to seniors four undergraduate research paper awards,
ranging from $250 to $100.
WIU CHAPTER EVENTS
The WIU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi sponsors annual events such as
receptions and lectures.
The highlight of the year is the annual Spring Initiation Banquet.
New members are inducted into the society. New faculty initiates and
students receiving awards are honored at this time. Family members of
initiates are invited to join in this celebration of scholarship.