USC Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

PKP 2023 Fall Ceremony
Junior PKP initiates and Sophomore honorees at the PKP fall ceremony, held in Doheny Memorial Library on Friday, October 6, 2023.

Established in 1924, the USC chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is about to celebrate 100 years on campus. PKP is the university's oldest all-discipline honor society. Membership is by invitation only. The USC chapter of PKP provides opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members to be recognized for their accomplishments by a supportive and engaged academic community.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, PKP is one of the nation's oldest and largest honor societies and is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies. PKP's membership currently numbers more than 900,000 scholars from across the globe. Approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni from 281 colleges and universities are inducted annually.

2023 PKP Student Recognition Awards

Deadline is Nov. 10th

The Phi Kappa Phi all-university honor society is pleased to announce the Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards Program for 2022-2023, to recognize outstanding artistic and academic works done by any undergraduate and graduate students at USC. Up to four awards of $750 each will be presented at the Academic Honors Convocation in the spring of 2024.

The following are the criteria for eligibility:

  1. Students must be currently registered in classes at USC. Proof of registration is required.
  2. Students may submit materials from any USC school or department, in any discipline, genre, or medium. Submission must be complete work. Incomplete work or excerpts of works will not be accepted.
  3. Former student winners may not submit works in the year immediately following the receipt of an award. Only one submission per applicant may be entered annually. If a submission contains more than a single work, the works should be in the same genre.
  4. Research papers, theses, or creative works may be submitted if they are of a quality exceeding the requirements and/or standards of regular course work.
  5. If more than one person has contributed to the submission, the nature and extent of each contributor’s role must be clarified.
  6. Each submission must be endorsed for originality and authenticity by a faculty member who is familiar with the student’s work.
  7. A 500-word abstract should accompany the work. The abstract should describe the work, explain why or how it came to be produced, outline its contribution to the field, and/or establish its originality.

The deadline for submission is Friday, November 10th, 2023 at 4:30 pm. To submit your work, click HERE

If you have questions about the Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Program, please contact Prof. Richard Fliegel at (213) 740-2961 or email


2023 Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Awards

Deadline is December 1st

The USC chapter of the all-university honor society Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to request nominations for the Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Awards. The presentation of awards will take place at the annual Academic Honors Convocation planned for the spring of 2023. Phi Kappa Phi will present up to four awards of $1,000 to USC faculty for works predominantly created while at USC.

All full-time and part-time faculty associated with degree-granting programs who are currently employed by USC are eligible for award consideration. Self-nomination is the most frequent form of nomination. Phi Kappa Phi also welcomes nominations from deans, department chairs, and faculty colleagues. We encourage those who have not submitted their works previously to do so this year. In addition to submitting the nominated work(s) as described below, all nominators must complete the submission form found HERE.

The recipients of the awards are chosen by a committee of faculty from diverse fields. The prize recognizes major achievements in research, contributions to knowledge, and artistic creativity. Scholarly and creative works in any of the categories listed below are eligible. Where submissions are co-authored or co-produced, a clear statement should be submitted to indicate the contribution of the USC faculty member(s), which must be preponderant to be eligible for the awards.

Phi Kappa Phi encourages nominators to include representative published reviews of nominated works or letters of support. Eligible works previously considered may be resubmitted. Only one submission of a faculty member may be entered annually.


  1. Books with copyright date within the calendar years 2021-2023. If you must submit a hard copy volume it can be delivered to the USC Libraries, DML Suite 100, with a self-addressed postage paid return envelope.
  2. A set of articles that together represents a significant body of original work with a coherent theme and with a copyright date in the calendar years 2021-2023. The articles should be accompanied by a statement (500-1,000 words) that summarizes the findings in the articles, demonstrates how they form a coherent body of work, and describes their impact within a field and, if relevant, beyond that field. (Although not limited to disciplines where scholarly articles, rather than books, are the normal channel of publication, this category is intended specifically to elicit submissions from such disciplines.)
  3. A creative arts submission displaying achievements of faculty in disciplines where the form of publication(s) (in calendar years 2021-2023) is through any of a variety of creative endeavors rather than scholarly books or articles. These materials, which should be submitted electronically, might include the originals when they are a set of digital photographs; descriptive writing and digital photographs or videos or links thereto when they include performances, sculptures, or buildings; or digital recordings of original music.

Nominators/nominated faculty members should provide digital access to books, articles, or creative endeavors to Tim Stanton at, subject line “2023 Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Awards Nomination.”

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 1st, 2023, at 4:30 pm.

Questions about USC’s Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Awards should go to PKP President Karin Huebner at


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