Jakob Feng of Paradise Valley was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Southern California.
Feng is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter, according to a press release.
Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10% of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is one of the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. It was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: One that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines, the release stated.
Today, the society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States, its territories 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.”