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Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 08 (Nevada)

Chapter Officers 2014-2015
2014-2015 Chapter Officers L-R: Dr. Bill Cathey (Historian), Dr. Tamara Valentine (Treasurer), Dr. Derek Furukawa (President), Dr. Kevin Stevens (Vice President), Dr. John Pettey (Past President - ex officio), Dr. Daniel Villanueva (Secretary).

Important Award Announcements Below the Chapter Minutes!

Chapter 08 (Nevada) Meetings and Activities

The University of Nevada, Reno PKP Chapter (08) holds meetings once a month each fall and spring semester, and at least one meeting during the summer. Our activities include sponsored speeches, Chapter information sessions, Honors Societies presentations and an annual Induction Ceremony each April. For information on our Chapter meetings or other activities, please contact our President, Dr. Derek Furukawa ( with any questions.

Next Chapter Meeting: January 14th, 2015, 4:00 PM, Honors Program

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Minutes of Chapter officer meetings (in Adobe .pdf format)

2013     May 29     August 14     September 9     October 30     December 4
2014     January 22     February 19     March 26     April 16    June 4     August 13   September 24   October 15   November 12 
2015     January 14

  Changes to Phi Kappa Phi Award Programs

Phi Kappa Phi has made several important revisions to its popular award and grant programs, effective the current 2014-16 biennium. The changes include two new programs, dual cycles for some categories, and an increase in the number of awards available. 

New Programs

  • Dissertation Fellowships The Dissertation Fellowship Program is new to the Society and will support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations. Phi Kappa Phi will award two Dissertation Fellowships at $10,000 each per year. The Dissertation Fellowship program opens October 1, 2014, and the deadline to apply is November 30.
  • Excellence in Innovation Award The Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award will be given to a college or university each biennium for achievement in innovation. The institution selected for the award will receive $100,000 from the Society. Further details about this award will become available early 2015.

    Changes to Existing Programs

  • Study Abroad The Study Abroad Grant program now runs in two cycles each year. Twenty-five awards at $1,000 each will be awarded in both sessions. Session A opens Dec. 15 and closes Feb. 15. Session B will open July 1 and closes Sept. 15.
  • Love of Learning The Love of Learning program now offers 160 awards at $500 each. The program also is moving to a two-cycle schedule with 80 awards granted each session. Session A opens Dec. 15 and closes April 1. Session B will open July 1 and closes Oct. 1.
  • Scholar and Artist Awards The deadline to submit a nomination for the Scholar & Artist has been changed to Feb. 1, 2016.
  • Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award The deadline to submit a nomination for the Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award has been changed to Feb. 1, 2016.

    For complete descriptions of awards:


The primary objective of the national Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. The Society is convinced that in recognizing and honoring those persons of good character who have excelled in scholarship, in whatever field, it will stimulate others to strive for excellence. Moreover, the Society serves the interests of the student capable of excellence by insisting that in order to acquire a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, an institution provide the means and atmosphere conducive to academic excellence.


The criteria and limits observed in electing persons to membership, whether undergraduates, graduate students, faculty or honorary members, are set forth in the national standards for eligibility which can be found here

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi

  • Admission is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter, in this case Chapter 08 (University of Nevada).
  • Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society, not an honorary society or fraternity. Membership is earned; it is a true honor.
  • Meeting Phi Kappa Phi's criteria signifies excellence which, in turn, signifies distinction.
  • Because of their outstanding records, members of Phi Kappa Phi often are preferred candidates for grants, scholarships and fellowships from institutions where they may continue their education or do research. When they seek jobs, they find their Phi Kappa Phi membership is widely accepted as an indicator of academic ability and motivation.
  • Phi Kappa Phi, being interdisciplinary and thus drawing membership from all colleges, divisions, or departments within the academic institution, is a unifying force in education today. It is in a unique position to cultivate consciousness of relationships by bringing together individuals from a variety of disciplines. It promotes the intellectual life of the community.
  • The academic variety within the Society's membership acquaints initiates with many options if they are in the process of trying to decide upon a career.
  • Members are eligible for Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships.
  • Active members receive National Forum: The Phi Kappa Phi Journal enabling them to keep abreast of significant cultural, social and scientific issues.
  • Active members receive the Newsletter, enabling them to share in the national activities and programs of the Society and of its members.
  • Phi Kappa Phi insists upon high quality in the institutions to which it grants chapters, e.g., strong faculties and ample libraries. It thus fulfills an obligation to assure its initiates that they are coming into a truly significant organization.
  • Phi Kappa Phi provides for the association of kindred spirits—kindred in the sense of having integrity of character and the highest ideals, as well as an abiding love of learning.

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