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Chapter Information

TWU's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, chartered in 1980, seeks to recognize the academic excellence of its outstanding student citizens.  Each year, the chapter initiates new members, recognizes eligible juniors and seniors, and sponors local scholarships for student members.  Additionally, our chapter has nominated one student member for the national fellowship competition for several of the last years - each of these nominees has received a fellowship award.

Have you recently received an invitation?

Did you know that you were invited based upon your academic eligibility, but that you were also recommended by a faculty member in your department? Unlike other national interdisciplinary honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi is your local chapter and you have been chosen by your faculty as being worthy of the highest recognition.

With nearly 70 faculty and staff PKP members on campus, TWU's chapter benefits from involvement of faculty and staff who care about the quality of their students education and who enjoy the honor bestowed upon their eligible students who elect to join the Honor Society. 

TWU PKP has over 560 active members.  In Spring 2014, we initiated 243 new members, including six faculty/staff member and one alumna.  The chapter maintains social networking sites through Facebook and LinkedIn. We also maintain a WordPress blog

National Information

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines - a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations. [from]

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate students who have been nominated by their faculty in any department of this institution and
    • who, in their junior year, rank academically in the upper 7.5 percent of the class, after completing at least two academic years or 72 semester hours or the equivalent including 24 hours at Texas Woman's University, or
    • who, in their senior year, rank academically in the upper 10 percent of the class after completing at least three academic years or 90 semester hours or the equivalent including 24 hours at Texas Woman’s University at the time of invitation.
  • Post-Baccalaureate, graduate and professional students at this institution who demonstrate an outstanding record in graduate or professional study by ranking scholastically in the upper 10 percent of all post-bacc, graduate, and professional students, are nominated to membership by their faculty, and meet one of the following requirements:
    • Have been registered as post baccalaureate students on a full-time basis for at least one academic year or on a part-time basis for the equivalent of at least one academic year or 18 semester units or the equivalent.
    • Are former post baccalaureate students who have been awarded an advanced degree since the most recent invitation of members to join the chapter.


Spring Book Drive

The book drive is on again! We are collecting books & DVDS in Houston to benefit St. Luke's Cooley Transplant Center - donate in the Student Life Office.

Denton & Dallas are collecting new and gently used novels for all ages and children's books to benefit our Little Free Library. Donate in the OMB Rotunda, the MCL Megalab, the Write Site, and Lowry Woods in Denton and in Student Life and the elevators between the library & computer lab in Dallas.

Upcoming Events

Join us at Honors Convocation, Thursday, April 16, 2015.

PKP Member Spotlight

Dr. Wyona Freysteinson (nursing, Houston) and her research team, which includes Dr. Patricia Bowyer(occupational therapy, Houston) conducted a seminar titled “Facilitating the experience of viewing self in a mirror after limb amputation” during the Caring Compassion in Healthcare: A Global Perspective seminar conducted March 16-17 by Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston Baptist University and the University of Chester, UK.

New member, Dr. Gretchen Busl (English, Speech, and Foreign Languages) presented papers related to her book-in-progress at the International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, held March 5-8 in Chicago, and at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Convention held March 27-29 in Seattle. She also organized and chaired a seminar stream called “Fictions of Circulation” at the ACLA Convention. Dr. Gretchen Busl (English, Speech, and Foreign Languages) recently published her first op-ed as part of The OpEd Project. Her work is available at

New member, Meredith Maddox will receive the TWU Award of Excellence at Honors Convocation on April 16, 2015. PKP Faculty members will also be recognized:

  • Dr. Anne Simpson, professor of reading and director of the Reading Recovery program at TWU — the Cornaro Award;
  • Dr. Alfred Guy Litton, associate professor of English and executive director of TWU honors programs — the Humphries Award.

TWU student members will also be recognized at Convocation:

  • Jairus Reddy, doctoral candidate in molecular biology, from McKinney, recipient of the Graduate Council Award for Exceptional Original Scholarship. Reddy was also named one of three Oustanding Students.

Did you know?

This year (2015) we are celebrating 35 years as an active chapter at TWU!  TWU founded its chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in 1980.