Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi Logo Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (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. Drawing membership from all divisions within the academic institution, PKP is the largest interdisciplinary honor society. It is in a unique position to cultivate consciousness of relationships by bringing together individuals from a variety of disciplines.

Approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni from 281 select colleges and universities are inducted annually. The PKP All-University Honor Society is USC's oldest honor society. Membership is by invitation only, with members initiated each Spring on the basis of academic excellence. Now in partnership with the USC Libraries, the USC Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi provides opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members to engage in research of the highest caliber, to share their experiences with one another and to be recognized for their accomplishments by a supportive academic community.


2016 Spring Initiation Ceremony, May 11th

Commencement Week at USC once again officially kicks off with the annual Spring Initiation Ceremony of the USC chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 11th at 1:30pm in the Bing Theater (BIT) on campus. 

Initiates, please arrive at the Queen’s Court (the patio area outside Bing Theater) by 1:00 p.m. to receive instructions for the ceremony. The event generally lasts approximately 75 minutes. We encourage Initiates to invite their family and friends to join them for the ceremony. Initiates may RSVP for guests when responding to the invitation online.

If you have any questions, please contact the USC Phi Kappa Phi chapter by email at


2015 Fall Recognition Ceremony, October 23

The USC chapter of the all-university Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will hold the PKP Fall Recognition Ceremony on October 23. The ceremony honors select USC sophomores who performed exceptionally well in the classroom as freshmen. Invitations have been sent and family and friends are welcome at the ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m. The event generally lasts approximately 75 minutes and will take place in the historic Doheny Memorial Library's Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall (DML 240). 

For more information, contact or (213) 821-5568.


2015-16 Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards Program

The Phi Kappa Phi All-University Honor Society is pleased to announce the 33rd annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards Program, to provide recognition for outstanding artistic and academic works by both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Four awards of $500 each will be presented at the USC Annual Academic Honors Convocation in April.

The deadline for submission is Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

For an entry form, click here.

Completed entries should be submitted to CAS 200. If you have questions about the Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Program, contact us at


Announcing: Faculty Nominations of Doctoral Candidates for Phi Kappa Phi


The USC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi extends an invitation for Faculty to nominate premier doctoral students in your academic discipline for their academic excellence. To be eligible, a doctoral student must have passed the qualifying examination. In the nomination form (see link below), the chair of the department, graduate advisor of the program, or chair of the dissertation committee should state the student ranks in the top ten percent of the students with whom they have worked.

Phi Kappa Phi will invite those students who have been nominated to the initiation ceremony. We hope you or another representative from your department or school can join us for the ceremony.

Nominations should be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 to Pi Kappa Phi in person at Leavey Library room 301, MC 2571 or, by email to (Please note that masters and undergraduate students are automatically nominated for membership based on a qualifying grade point average.)

If you have any questions, please contact Phi Kappa Phi at or call 213-740-7345.

To download the application, click here.


2015 Scholarships and Fellowships

2015 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for First-Year Graduate or Professional Study

Open to Phi Kappa Phi members who will begin their first year of graduate or professional study between May 1, 2015, and February 1, 2016. USC PKP will select:

  • Recipients of the local chapter fellowship; number of recipients and amounts of awards vary each year.
  • One candidate to compete at the national level for larger fellowships of $5,000-$15,000.
  • One student from among all fellowship applicants to receive the 2015 Carl and Sterling Franklin Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship.

Download application materials and submit completed applications in hardcopy to the USC PKP chapter office on campus. The USC chapter office must receive completed applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Only one application is necessary—USC PKP will consider applicants for all awards listed above.

To download general instructions and an application, click here.


2015 Undergraduate Summer Scholarship

The USC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi invites all undergraduate students to apply for a scholarship to support research or creative projects during the summer of 2015:

  • The scholarship supports research or creative projects that awardees will undertake during summer 2015.
  • Awards of up to $1,000.
  • Open to USC sophomores and juniors (as of spring 2015) with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Phi Kappa Phi membership is not required.
  • Students graduating in May, 2015, are not eligible.

The USC chapter office must receive completed applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

To download general instructions and an application, click here.

Phi Kappa Phi 2015 Spring Initiation Ceremony


This year the 2015 USC commencement season kicks off, as it does every year, with the annual PKP initiation ceremony to be held Wednesday afternoon, May 13, at Bing Theater on the university park campus.


At this event we honor outstanding USC undergraduates and graduate students, and initiate those faculty and staff colleagues who are newly elected to membership. Our speaker this year is Michael Quick, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.


Click here to view last year's event program.




2013-14 First-Year Academic Success

The following students were recognized by Phi Kappa Phi for outstanding academic work during their freshman year at USC from Fall 2013 through Spring 2014. In addition, two outstanding juniors, Akshay Joshi and Gabriel Mel, were initiated as full members of Phi Kappa Phi.

The ceremony took place on November 14th, 2014, in Doheny Memorial Library and featured keynote speaker Dr. Christina Yu Yu with the Sophmore address by USC School of Cinematic Arts student, Aaron Ashby.

Dr. Christina Yu Yu joined the USC Pacific Asia Museum from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she served as assistant curator of Chinese art. At LACMA she was instrumental in forming collaborations on all educational programs related to Chinese art and culture. Dr. Yu Yu is also the co-founder of Pacific Connections, an advocacy organization founded to raise the visibility of contemporary Asian art in Southern California. Dr. Yu Yu earned her BA at Wellesley, her MA at Boston University, and her PhD from the University of Chicago.

Aaron Ashby is a Trustee Scholar and a sophomore in the Film & TV Production program at USC‘s School of Cinematic Arts. He is a student in the Thematic Option honors program, has a minor in Digital Studies, and participates in the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. He also serves on the Executive Board of the African American Cinema Society. Along with cofounder Michael Chang, Aaron is currently building the Jukebox Art Collective, an interdisciplinary arts festival and exhibition set to open in spring 2015 and featuring the work of artists from USC, South L.A., and New York.

For a copy of Dr. Yu Yu's address, click here. For a transcript of Aaron Ashby's remarks, click here. And to see the event program click here.

Congratulations to all of the students and their families:

Phi Kappa Phi Initiates:
Akshay Joshi
Gabriel Mel

Recognized Freshman Scholars:

Ishan Abraham
Norah Alwash
Allison Apfel
Aaron Ashby
Colleen Bazak
Russell Brockmeyer
Christopher Cain
Siyuan Cang
Bryan Chan
Psalm Chang
Jasmin Choi
Shirley Chu
Zachary Clark
Andres Correa
Gaurav Doshi
Alexandra Figueroa
Kyle Fratello-Hakim
Jennifer Frazin
Katelin Garver
Daniel Gavidia
Natalie Gordon
Gabrielle Granados
Nancy Guan
Fernanda Gushken
Alexandra Habberstad
Holly Harada
Michael Hudspeth
Elizabeth Johnson
Akshay Joshi
Chrysanti Kandula
Griffin Kantz
Jasmine Kim
Alexander Koh
Drew Lane
Aileen Li
Wenxuan Li
Allyson Lim
Fergus MacFhionnlaoich
Sanjana Manchala
Sarah McMullen
Gabriel Mel
Adriana Mellor
Min Haeng Cho
Giovanni Moujaes
Andrew Nahill
Kelsey O‘Neill
Grace Perez
Pablo Pozas Guerra
Johanna Reyes Ortega
Brian Rohrlick
Madeleine Sampson
Karl Schmidt
Brian Schwedock
Jacob Tokosh
Alicia Tran
Caroline Vance
Jack Vanderford
Lucille Wagner
Maya Wald
Veronica Webb
Tiffany Wei
Turner Wong
Russell Yue
Harry Zec
Justin Zhang
Annahita Ziai