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82 Students, Five Faculty Inducted into TAMIU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in May Ceremonies Posted: 5/15/18

82 Students, Five Faculty Inducted into TAMIU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in May Ceremonies


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The Texas A&M International University  Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has inducted  82 students and five faculty into Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines in ceremonies held Tuesday, May 8.

Presiding over the ceremony was TAMIU PKP Chapter president, Dr. James A. Norris. 

Nationwide, approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into PKP each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a Chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. 

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., PKP has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Since its founding, more than 1.25 million PKP members have been initiated. Some of notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley.

PKP 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.

For more information on TAMIU’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, please contact Dr. Norris at 956.326.2607, email, visit offices in Dr. F. M. Canseco Hall, room or click on the TAMIU PKP website at

For national information on Phi Kappa Phi, please call 800.804.9880, or visit


82 students and five faculty members have been inducted into the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.