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2017 Awards and Initiates of the Oregon State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi announced

We are proud to announce our 2017 awardees and member initiates of the Oregon State University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The awards were presented at our initiation banquet held on February 7, 2017 on the main OSU campus in Corvallis, OR.

Community Member and Keynote Speaker

Faculty Initiates

  • Jon Lewis.  Distinguished Professor of Film Studies, Oregon State University
  • Cynthia (Cindy) Sagers, Vice President for Research, Oregon State University

Emerging Scholar Award

  • Molly Megraw, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University

Graduate Fellowship Award

  • Stormy Marie Scharzenberger, Oregon State University

Tunison Scholarship Award

  • Trisha Chau, Oregon State University
  • Alexander Pho, Oregon State University

First Year Writing Award (co-sponsored by School of Writing)

  • Ellie Andreyka, Oregon State University

New invited members

  • Over 100 undergraduate and graduate students were also initiated at the ceremony

We would also like to take a moment to acknowledge special guests and leaders from our university as follows who joined us to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding student initiates and faculty honorees. The initiates received the PKP pins and membership certificates from their respective college/school Deans.

Ron Adams, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President; Dan Arp, Dean College of Agricultural Sciences; Kathy Bickel, Vice President and Executive Director, Alumni Relations and Alumni Association; Susan Capalbo, Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs; Lynda Ciuffetti, Department Head, Botany and Plant Pathology; Jennifer Dennis, Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate School; Larry Flick, Dean College of Education; Marie Harvey, Associate Dean College of Public Health and Human Sciences; Carlos Jensen, Associate Dean College of Engineering; Bob Mason, Associate Chair, Department of Integrative Biology and President of the Faculty Senate; Mitzi Montoya, Dean College of Business; Sastry Pantula, Dean College of Science; Dwaine Plaza, Associate Dean College of Liberal Arts; Scott Reed, Vice Provost and Director University Outreach & Engagement, Extension Services; Randy Rosenberger, Associate Dean, College of Forestry; Patricia Snopkowski Chief Audit Executive; and Mark Zabriskie, Dean College of Pharmacy.

Many invitees were accompanied by their family, friends and guests to grace the occasion.

Congratulations everyone on your high academic achievements and your initiation into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. We are honored to welcome you as new members of the society.

Executive Committee Members

Winter 2017 OSU-PKP Meet & Greet session

To learn more about the membership and our activities we cordially invite you to our Winter 2017 PKP Information event to be held Today 1/18/2017, 6-7pm in the Valley Library room 3622 East. Our Student Vice presidents will answer your questions and provide information. Both potential new invitees and current members are welcome to attend the Winter event today.

Sometime back we have sent you an invitation to join the Honor Society of Phi kappa Phi. The invitation was sent to you since you are among the select few who qualified based on their performance and ranking in their college-wise class. If you are interested in joining and for some reason the invitation did not reach you please contact us. The top 7.5 percent of Juniors and top 10 percent of Seniors, graduate students, and professional students in each college at OSU are eligible for membership of the PKP Honors Society.

PKP is the nation’s oldest and largest all-discipline honor society (www.PhiKappaPhi.org). Invited members get an opportunity to build networks with peers in the professional and academic settings and helps them in building their career, and engage in community activities on campus.

Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas to be our OSU Phi Kappa Phi 2017 Initation Banquet Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to have Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas to be our keynote speaker at the upcoming 2017 initiation banquet of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi OSU Chapter

Banquet Date: February 7, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Venue: CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331
Guests by invitation only: New and Existing PKP members and their guests

Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas joined Latino Network in 2016 as the Policy and Civic Engagement Manager. A graduate of Oregon State University, Octaviano holds an MA in Contemporary Hispanic Studies from the School of Language, Culture & Society. Prior to joining Latino Network, he was a faculty of extension in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at Oregon State University and served as an Associate Director of Outreach for the Center for Latino Studies and Engagement.

Under his direction, he expanded the Positive Youth Development program 4-H Tech Wizards from one county to 24 states. He writes in Mixteco, Spanish, and English, about contemporary issues affecting/shaping the Latino/Xicano/Hispanic/Indigenous experiences in the U.S.

As an indigenous Mixtec migrant worker who came to this country as a young adult, Octaviano identifies with the transnational migrant community.  His area of interests are: transnational politics, contemporary Hispanic and Chicano studies and photojournalism focusing on the experience of indigenous communities.  As a spoken word artist, photographer, researcher, and tri-lingual writer, he has presented and published his work in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

Octaviano currently serves on the board of Adelante Mujeres, OCIMO, and Beaverton Police-Community Advisory Committee, Washington County Unite Oregon Advisory Committee, Oregon Community Foundation Portland Leadership Committee, METRO’s Public Engagement Review Committee and he is the founder of Tierragua. 

Now accepting PKP 2017-2018 Graduate Fellowship Applications. Deadline April 3, 2017

The Phi Kappa Phi 2017-2018 Graduate Fellowship call is now open. Please see the following for more details.

OSU Chapter Instructions for Submitting the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Application

CHAPTER DEADLINE: Completed applications, including transcripts and letters of reference, must be received at the local OSU chapter no later than 5pm on Monday, April 3.

All application material must be received by this date either by email at Bill.Bogley@oregonstate.edu or in hard copy at

Professor Bill Bogley
Department of Mathematics
Kidder 368
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4605

Download the official required application form from the national PKP website. (http://www.phikappaphi.org/grants-awards/fellowship#.WFRPDGQrK8q)

Along with the Application Form and Instructions, you will also find:

  • Eligibility and Selection Criteria
  • Information about Deadlines and Notification
  • FAQ, Fact Sheet, Sample Statement, and Advice for Applicants.

For more details about the fellowship and eligibility, visit the graduate fellowship page.

2016-2017 Tunison Undergraduate Scholarship Application deadline December 21, 2016

In 1969 the OSU Chapter of PKP began awarding a series of annual scholarships of $500 each, one for an outstanding high school student entering Oregon State as a freshman and one for an outstanding junior to assist in completing the senior year at Oregon State. Over the years these increased to three junior scholarship awards. In 1988 the chapter officers voted to eliminate the scholarship for the incoming freshman and add a fourth junior scholarship. Because of constantly increasing tuition, the 1988 Scholarship Committee recommended increasing the amount of the awards even if it meant decreasing the number of recipients. Thus, in 1989 the amount was increased to $1,000, and the number of scholarships reduced to two. In 1996 the scholarship amount was again increased, this time to $1,500, and the scholarships were renamed the Tunison Scholarships. These scholarships are supported by the interest from the Phi Kappa Phi–Tunison Endowment and members’ contributions to the fund.

All Junior and Senior Phi Kappa Phi initiates, with at least one to three additional quarters to complete at OSU, are invited to apply. The scholarships are to be used for senior year tuition at OSU. The primary criterion for selection of recipients is scholarly achievement.

1)   These scholarships are awarded only to individuals who are eligible for, and accept membership into, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the time the award is made; and
2)   the scholarship funds will be applied toward the awardee's OSU tuition bill

Download the application form: Tunison application (MS Word format)

For questions, contact Dr. Susie Brubaker-Cole.

Complete both pages of the application form and return the complete, printed form to the following address or by email to Dr. Susie Brubaker-Cole:

OSU PKP Fellowships and Awards Committee
c/o Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
632 Kerr Administration Building
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR  97331

2017 Emerging Scholar Award: nomination deadline December 21, 2016

 The Oregon State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is now accepting nominations for the Emerging Scholar Award. The chapter established the award to honor tenure-track faculty members in any academic unit who are in the early stages of their professional careers in recognition of outstanding research or creative activity in their field of study. The award consists of a plaque and first year membership dues to both the local OSU Chapter and the National Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

A nominee must be a faculty member at OSU who:

  • Holds a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in any academic field at OSU
  • Has conducted outstanding research or creative work in the arts, sciences, or professional fields, especially while at OSU

Nomination packets (20 pages or less and less than 1MB in a single pdf file format) are confidential and should include in the following order:

  • A nominating letter of not more than 2 pages (include mention of a fundamental contribution that best identifies the candidate’s emergence as a scholar in their field).
  • A position description including percent (%) responsibilities.
  • A curriculum vita documenting actions in the areas of the position description.
  • At least two, but no more than four, supporting letters of recommendation.

Applications (electronic preferred) must be submitted by December 21 to:

OSU PKP Fellowships and Awards Committee
c/o Michael Wing
Peavy Hall 280
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

The OSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships and Awards Committee reviews nominations and selects recipients. Awards are presented at the Phi Kappa Phi Initiation Banquet to be held on February 7th on the OSU Campus. Recipients who are not current members of Phi Kappa Phi are inducted into the organization that same evening. Questions about the award may be addressed to Dr. Michael Wing, chair, Fellowships and Awards Committee, at the above email.

Stormy Scharzenberger awarded 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship

Best wishes and hearty congratulations to Stormy M. Scharzenberger for receiving the 2016 Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) Graduate Fellowship. This is a great news and on behalf of the Oregon State University's PKP chapter, we are so proud of her achievements. She is now a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) candidate at OSU.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each year OSU's Phi Kappa Phi chapter selects one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide national awards.

Source: https://www.phikappaphi.org/grants-awards/fellowship

2017 Dissertation Fellowship: Deadline November 30, 2016

Phi Kappa Phi is now accepting applications for its Dissertation Fellowship program. The deadline to apply is November 30 and recipients will be notified by February 1.

Beginning this year, the program will award ten $10,000 Dissertation Fellowships. To be eligible, applicants must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline including approval of the dissertation proposal. Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations.

To start your application, click here. For more information, read the Dissertation Fellowship FAQs or download the fact sheet.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kelli Partin, Awards Manager, or reply to this post and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Congratulations to Fall Term PKP Students!

Fall Term PKP Student: Alessandra Hossely, College of Foresty and College of Engineering

Fall Term Sophomore:       Tabitha Pitzer, College of Liberal Arts

Congratulations to both of you!

Currently Accepting PKP Student of the Term Nominations

To download an application, or for more information, click here.