Ellis senior Joan Dreiling has been nominated by the Fort Hays State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi for a $5,000 graduate fellowship from the national organization, an all-discipline honorary society.
Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards 60 fellowships of $5,000 each and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the society-wide awards.
Recipients will be announced by April 30.
Dreiling is a double major in physics and mathematics. She has earned numerous academic awards during her university study and has been recognized on the Dean's Honor Roll every semester during her academic career at the university. She has participated in research and has earned the National Leadership Award for the Society of Physics Students. She is president of the physics honor society, Kappa Mu Epsilon, and of the Math and Computer Science Club. She currently works in the FHSU Graduate School as a student employee and tutors physics students.
Dreiling has also participated as a volunteer in a number of activities. She plans to earn a Ph.D. in physics.
"We applaud her academic success and goals, which reflect well on both her and Fort Hays State University," said Dr. Mark Bannister, chair of the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications at FHSU. He is also president of Phi Kappa Phi and is the Fellowship Committee chair at FHSU.
Phi Kappa Phi also offers study abroad scholarships for students, fellowships for emerging faculty, and honoraria for scholars and artists. More information can be found at http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Scholarships/.
Dr. Cheryl Duffy, chair of the English Department, and Dr. Pelgy Vaz, associate professor of sociology, also served on the Fellowship Committee.