Being selected for Phi Kappa Phi has proven to be a great benefit to my career in oceanography. The membership has allowed me to meet many colleagues through one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies and has added to the strength of my curriculum vitae.
Ten senior students at the University of Maine, along with two faculty members and the school president, formed Phi Kappa Phi in 1897. It honored success in any field and invited only upperclassmen and graduate students, a factor which set Phi Kappa Phi apart from similar societies. Today, the top 7.5% of second-semester juniors and the top 10% of seniors and graduate students are eligible to join.
Phi Kappa Phi makes several awards and scholarships available to members from funds exceeding $700,000 annually. Amounts range from $15,000 for graduate students to $500 for alumni professionals.
Additionally, Phi Kappa Phi supports a Mentor Match program that links existing members with new ones. The Career Center informs members of thousands of jobs, while online seminars provide useful information on employment and economic issues.
-Renate E. Bernstein is a research scientist investigating the cycle of carbon dioxide in both the atmosphere and the oceans.