phi_kappa_phi_200Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society in the nation, has sent IUP chapter membership invitations to junior, senior, and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their classes.

Invitations were mailed to 430 undergraduate and 557 graduate students' home addresses on record with the university.

Students may accept the invitation to join by mailing in a form or completing one on the web and should indicate whether they will attend the initiation ceremony -- for undergraduates, the deadline is March 7; for graduate students, March 13.

The IUP chapter will have two ceremonies: March 28 for undergraduate students and April 3 for graduate students. Both ceremonies will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Blue Room, Sutton Hall.

"We really hope that all invited students respond to this invitation -- it's a wonderful opportunity for students to be part of a national network of scholars," said Professor Dennis Giever, IUP chapter president.

In addition, he notes that "Phi Kappa Phi has more than $700,000 in scholarships and graduate fellowships for its members nationally, and several IUP students have been selected for these awards since IUP's chapter was chartered in 1993."

He asks that faculty encourage invited students to reply. "We know that students get inundated with information and mailings, but this is something that can be of great benefit to them, especially if they have an interest in scholarships or graduate fellowships."

The IUP chapter was honored as a "Chapter of Excellence" in November by the national honor society.