USC Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

About Phi Kappa Phi

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. Begun in 1924, the USC chapter is the university's oldest honor society. Membership is by invitation only, with members initiated on the basis of academic excellence and service to the USC community. Now part of the USC Libraries, the USC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi provides opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members to be recognized for their accomplishments by a supportive and engaged academic community.


Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards Program for 2020-2021

The USC Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce the 38th annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards Program for 2020-2021, to recognize outstanding artistic and academic works by undergraduate and graduate students at USC. Four awards of $500 each will be presented at the annual Academic Honors Convocation planned for spring 2021.

The deadline for submission is Monday, November 9, 2020 at 4:30 pm. 

The entry form and further details are available by clicking here. Complete entries must be submitted to by the award deadline of November 9, 2020 no later than 4:30 p.m. Questions can also be directed to


38th-Annual Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Awards Competition

All full-time and part-time faculty associated with degree-granting programs are encouraged to enter the 38th annual PKP Faculty Recognition Awards competition. The USC chapter of PKP will present four awards of $1,000 to USC faculty for works they created while at USC. The presentation of awards will take place at the annual Academic Honors Convocation planned for the spring of 2021. Self-nomination is the most frequent form of submittal, but we also welcome nominations from deans, department chairs, and faculty colleagues. 

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

We encourage those who have not submitted their works previously to do so this year. The nomination form must accompany the submission. The submission form and further details can be found here. The recipients of the awards are chosen by a faculty committee 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 for consideration.

For this year, digital submissions are strongly preferred. 


2020 Commencement Message from the USC Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi President, Professor Alexander Capron