2013 Fellowships

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi bestows 51 $5,000 Fellowships (eight named*) annually to active members entering their first year of full-time graduate or professional study. Phi Kappa Phi also distinguishes six additional applicants of exceptional promise with $15,000 Marcus L. Urann Fellowships (one named*); the citation references an undergraduate student founder of the Society. This year, 189 members entered the competition, about the same number as last year. Including 2013, more than 2,650 recipients have earned Fellowships of one type or another totaling more than $13.5 million since the program began in 1932.

It takes $100,000 to endow a Fellowship and $300,000 to endow a Marcus L.Urain Fellowship Phi Kappa Phi chapter also is college or university of undergraduate degree.

Taylor Jade Adams

Teaching English and learning Mandarin in Yilan, Taiwan, on a Fulbright Scholarship for a year, then enrolling at Georgetown University to pursue a master of public policy

Most proud of: Surviving cancer and using that journey as a catalyst to serve the world

Fantasy career: Cartoon voiceover artist

Phi Kappa Phi chapter: Florida State University

Undergraduate majors: Economics and psychology

Favorite book: The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz

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Menuka Ban

College of William and Mary

Pursuing a master of public policy

Career objective: Assist developing countries

Satisfying community service: Raising awareness about child marriages in Nepal

Phi Kappa Phi chapter: Mississippi University for Women, former student vice president

Undergraduate majors: Political science and mathematics

Role model: Margaret Thatcher

Best part of Phi Kappa Phi: Induction

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Jacob H. Basham (1)

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine Medical student

Fantasy career: Lead guitar player in a rock 'n' roll band

Favorite book: The Language of Life by Francis S. Collins Phi Kappa

Phi chapter: Middle Tennessee State University

Undergraduate majors: Mathematics and general science

Best part of Phi Kappa Phi: Networking

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Jacob Becraft

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. student in biological engineering/synthetic biology

Career objective: Academia Fantasy career: Stand-up comedian

Phi Kappa Phi chapter: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Undergraduate major: Chemical and biomolecular engineering

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Simona Bor

Harvard Medical School M.D./Ph.D. student

Undergraduate major: Biochemistry

Phi Kappa Phi chapter: California State University, Fullerton

Memorable course: Multicultural Identities and Women's Experience

Favorite book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Lindsay Carter

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy Pharm. D. student

Undergraduate major: Biology

Phi Kappa Phi chapter: Western Carolina University

Satisfying community service: Filling family wish lists with donated toys at a church at WCU during Christmastime

Best parts of Phi Kappa Phi: National recognition and grant opportunities

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Maegan Childs

University of Washington, Seattle Master of occupational therapy student

Career objective: Hand therapist

Fantasy career: Stand-up comedian

Phi Kappa Phi chapter: Oregon in State University

Undergraduate major: Exercise and sport science

Satisfying community service: Individualized Movement and Physical Activity for Children Today (IMPACT), a program at OSU for those with special needs. …