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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: To be announced

Chapter Facebook Page
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   February 11     February 24      March 20      April 22      May 20 (rescheduled to later date)

Attention members: Chapter 08 T-shirts on sale for only $10!

Be aware of the following Awards and Scholarships!

All forms and information are available on the Phi Kappa Phi Grants and Awards Page

Study Abroad Grants

Study abroad grants support undergraduate study abroad in major scholarly areas of interest that might otherwise not be possible without such support. Grants are valued at $1,000 per student for the academic year. Forty-five awards are given annually by national office and any UTD student is eligible to apply. There is a limit of three awards for each chapter annually.


Love of Learning Awards

Love of Learning awards help to support post-baccalaureate studies and career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members across any number of activities. Examples of funded projects include continuing education, doctoral dissertations, graduate or professional studies, professional conference presentation travel funds, teaching supplies that add to professional development, and so on. PKP Fellowship recipients are ineligible to apply for this award. Any Phi Kappa Phi member may apply.


Dissertation Fellowship

Each year, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards two Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 each to members who are doctoral candidates and are dissertations. This fellowship is open to all active Phi Kappa Phi members or those who have accepted membership by November 30, attend a U.S. regionally accredited, doctoral-granting institution of higher education, have completed all pre-dissertation requirements and have the endorsement of their dissertation chair.



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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