MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi welcomed 21 new members during the spring 2020 semester.

Phi Kappa Phi is the highest academic honor society at Murray State. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. 

Murray State University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi welcomed 21 new members during the spring 2020 semester.
Murray State University’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi welcomed 21 new members during the spring 2020 semester.

The new student members are:

  • Tamara Abo Al Haija
  • Ziyad Alharbi
  • Joshua Batson
  • Robin Blake
  • Sarah Deweese
  • Benjamin Ebel
  • Allison Grace
  • Carlie Haverkamp
  • Madison Jameson
  • Merrick Johnson
  • Amy Jones
  • Krista Jones
  • Sree Harsha Myneni
  • Samantha Peterson
  • Gavin Posey
  • Robin Rhodes Crowell
  • Matthew Smith
  • Jason Thatcher
  • Parul Trivedi
  • Karina Weaver
  • Chen Yang

Officers for the 2019-20 academic year were Dr. Melony Shemberger, president; Ashley Ireland, vice-president/president-elect; Dr. William H. Mulligan Jr., immediate past president; Dr. Miranda Terry, secretary; Dr. Renee Fister, treasurer; Matthew Allen and Amanda Sadler, student vice presidents; and Dr. Alicia Carthell, at-large representative. 

Chapter 302 was chartered on Nov. 28, 2007, and has inducted several hundred outstanding University students into membership since then. The chapter seeks to recognize and encourage excellence in all academic disciplines and promote discussion of important issues across disciplinary lines. 

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. 

Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $14 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. 

The Society’s motto is “Let the love of learning rule humanity.” For information on Chapter 302, contact chapter president, Dr. Melony Shemberger, mshemberger@murraystate.edu.

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