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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
North Carolina State University Chapter 033
(Established 1923 )

Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society established in 1897 to recognize and promote academic excellence in all disciplines of higher education. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest, largest, and most selective of all such honor societies.


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NC State Chapter Officers

David Shafer, President




Kathy Brown, Past President

Susan C. Grant, Secretary-Treasurer

Michael Bachman, Induction Ceremony Coordinator

2016-17 Student Vice Presidents

A Gabriel DeCaro, Nuclear Engineering

Erika Grandstaff, Anthropology

Christina Lamaire, Chemistry

Upcoming Events 

March 28, 2017: 102nd Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony

Recent Recognitions

Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship

Courtney Vaughn, Biological Sciences
Samuel Loomis, Physics

Study Abroad Grants

Christopher Brittain Cooper, Chemical Engineering
Stephanie Few, Biomedical Engineering

Shannon Osborn, Biological Sciences*
Caide Wooten, Veterinary Medicine*

*McKenzie Study Abroad Grant - Established in 2011 from the generosity of past Society President Wendell H. McKenzie, Ph.D. and his wife Georgie McKenzie, the grant is given annually to a successful applicant from North Carolina State University.

Literacy Grant

Johanne I. Laboy, Doctoral Candidate in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media

Love of Learning Awards

Elizabeth W. Hyde, Veterinary Medicine

Kristina Simmons Bactutis, Veterinary Medicine

Recent Induction Ceremony Programs

March 29, 2016
April 7, 2015
April 8, 2014

April 2, 2013

March 27, 2012

March 29, 2011

March 23, 2010

History of Phi Kappa Phi:


Phi Kappa Phi was founded at the University of Maine in 1897 by a group of students, who wanted an honor society that would represent a broader diversity of disciplines than any currently existing society. The original name for the society was Lambda Sigma Eta. In 1898, the name of the society was changed to the Morrill Society in honor of the sponsor of the Land-Grant College Act. Interestingly, NCSU was one of the land-grant colleges established by the Morrill Act of 1864. In 1900, the presidents of the University of Maine, the University of Tennessee, and Pennsylvania State University gathered together to change the Morrill Society into a national honor society, renamed Phi Kappa Phi. These Greek letters represent the initial letters of the motto Philosophia Krateito Photon, which translates into "Let the love of learning rule humanity."

NC State Chapter:

Our chapter was founded in 1923. Dr. W. A. Withers, who was head of the Department of Chemistry (for whom Withers Hall is named), was instrumental in this Chapter's organization.

Benefits of Membership

Our Symbols

Badge: The badge of the Society is a globe surrounded by the rays of the sun in eight groups, signifying the equal status of all branches of learning. The rays represent the dissemination of truth. Encircling the world is a band on which are the Greek letters Phi Kappa Phi, representing the bond of intellectual fraternity that encircles the earth and holds all men and women in a tie of common purpose.

Ribbon: The white ribbon of the Society is bordered with the design known in applied art as the "Walls of Troy," with the letters Phi Kappa Phi at the top. Troy represents the classical humanities and the walls symbolize the constructive skill of the sciences.Seal: The seal of the Society consists of the badge surrounded by the Walls of Troy. Above are three stars to represent the three original chapters and below are the words "Founded 1897."


For more information about any of these topics, please see the National Phi Kappa Phi website.