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Students Join Inaugural Class of Phi Kappa Phi at NSU


An inaugural class of 488 students––undergraduate, graduate, and those in professional programs–was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Nova Southeastern University.

NSU President George Hanbury, Ph.D., and Provost Ralph Rogers, Ph.D., attended the ceremony on February 20 at the Don Taft University Center. Eleven academic deans served as marshals, and led students to the stage.

“Being part of the inaugural class felt like we were a small part of NSU history,” said junior Marlee Mallat, who made friends at the ceremony with graduate students and fellow members of the new chapter.

“This struck me as a unique feature–getting the chance to talk as a peer with graduate students in vastly different disciplines…and bringing students together in this way,” said Mallat, an Honors student majoring in Human Development and Family Studies.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. About 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni are initiated each year from selective colleges and universities–NSU is the 345th chapter.

“It is a great honor for a student to be invited to the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, which recognizes outstanding student academic standing across all majors, programs, and levels of study,” said Don Rosenblum, Ph.D., dean of the Farquhar Honors College. “In addition, the society provides access to professional networking and the ability to compete for distinctive grants and scholarships.”

At the ceremony, Hanbury spoke about the values shared by NSU and Phi Kappa Phi, such as academic excellence and research. He commended student members for their academic achievements.

“It provides a great opportunity to network and be part of a large community of people who love to learn,” said Michael Deek, an Honor student majoring in biology. “It was inspiring to be a part of such a distinguished group.”

As a student in the Ph.D. program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Kim Cohane joined the chapter because of “its prestige and reputation as the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. It’s a great opportunity for students to achieve this level of recognition and gain access to extensive multidisciplinary academic and professional networks,” Cohane said.

Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of college seniors and professional and graduate students, and the top 7.5 percent of juniors. Students receive a certificate of membership, lapel pin, and a notation on their academic transcript upon degree conferral.