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Award Recipients

Several members of the JMU chapter of have received national Phi Kappa Phi fellowships and awards of excellence since the chapter's founding in 1974. Recent award recipients include the following chapter members.

  • Andrew T. Pham: Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship ($5000 award), 2011
  • Christopher J. Carlson: Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship ($5000 award), 2010
  • Alexander K. Davis: Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Felowship ($5000 award), 2009
  • Takara C. Shourot: Phi Kappa Phi Award of Excellence ($2000 award), 2005
  • Kelly J. Baker: Phi Kappa Phi Award of Excellence ($2000 award), 2004
  • Vera G. Dianova: Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship ($8000 award), 2003

The Phi Kappa Phi Foundation also awards $1000 Study Abroad Grants. The following JMU students have been awarded these grants.

  • Laura Bock, Venezuela, 2010
  • Daniel Richardson, United Kingdom, 2010

The JMU chapter for several years gave the Elizabeth B. Neatrour Memorial Award to an outstanding graduating senior to help defray the costs of graduate education. This award carries a $500 stipend to support graduate study. The following students have received the award.

  • Evi Fuelle (2013)
  • Daniel James Richardson (2012)
  • Andrew T. Pham (2011)
  • Christopher J. Carlson (2010)
  • Alexander K. Davis (2009)
  • Scott J. Pober (2008)
  • Erica H. Bonnano (2007)

Each year the chapter, in conjunction with the Xi of Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, chooses the two best honors thesis written that year. Phi Beta Kappa makes one award and Phi Kappa Phi makes the other. The winners are listed below.

2017

Naomi Gilbert (Biotechnology), Survey of microbial urea degrader diversity in two freshwater ecosystems: Lake Shenandoah and the Shenandoah River

2016

Meagan Riley (English), The Family Gothic: Identity and Kinship in the American Gothic Tradition

2015

Rosemary Girard (WRTC), The Professional Writer’s Many Personae: Creative Nonfiction, Popular Writing, Speechwriting, and Personal Narrative

2014

Andrea C. Morgan (Art History), After Rembrandt: Captain William Baillie and Print Culture in Eighteenth Century England

2013

Caitlyn Paige Chalfant and Molly Annaleigh Picard (ISAT) Weapons of Mass Destruction in America: Assessing the Risk of a Possible Future Scenario and Its Implications

2012

Sam Lasky (International Affairs) Causes of U.S. Humanitarian Intervention in the Post-Cold War Era

2011

Emily Jacobson (Psychology) Effect of Foster Parent Training Programs on Satisfaction and Skill Retention

2010

Maureen Anne Filak (Biology) Analyzing the Effect of Stage Specific RhoA Depletion during the Drosophila Life Cycle

2009

Jeffrey Scott Turner (Integrated Science and Technology) The Pilot Scale Removal of Manganese from Wastewater by Ozone Treatment

2008

Eric Hoppmann (Physics) Imposed Vibrations in Sheared Granular Systems

2007

Kristen Klein (Psychology) Attribution Errors in Sexual Harassment: Examining Kelley's Model

2006

Trinity Elizabeth Conrad (Communication Sciences and Disorders) Verb Morphological Patterns of 16-Year-Old Adolescents with and without Specific Language Impairment

2005

Jeffrey Nelson Stottlemyer (History) Erosion of Will: Concentration Camps, Safe Areas and the Realities of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina

2004

Jennifer Lynn Muth (Chemistry) Synthetic Studies of 1-Methyl-2-phenylcyclobutene with Diflourocarbene: Direct Production of 1,3-Difluoroaromatics Through a Radical Cation- like Intermediate

2003

Joseph Andrew Bush (Anthropology) Looking for Durdistan in the Images of Halabja: The Construction of National Identity through Visual Narratives of Violence

2002

Patrick Thomas Rabenold (Mathematics) Simulation of Ideal Gas Expansions using Smooth Particle Mechanics

2001

Bernadette Ann Higgins (Chemistry) Luminescent pH Sensors: Factors Affecting Response

2000

Danielle Marie Pesce (History) The Logic of Eugenics: The Path from Social Darwinism to the Holocaust

1999

Christy Riann Vestal (Chemistry) Reactions to Various First Row Transition Metal 2,4-Pentanedionato Complexes in Chemical Vapor Deposition Processes

1998

Frank Davis Rosenblatt (Philosophy) Duty as Moral Obligation: Kant and Military Ethics

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