Chapter #5



Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is one of the oldest and largest honor societies. Its membership currently numbers more than 900,000 scholars from across the globe. Approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni from 281 select colleges and universities are inducted annually. The fifth chapter of the society was chartered at the University of Delaware in 1905, and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded to be fully interdisciplinary, electing members from all fields of learning.  At UD, these fields include the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, agriculture, business, education , health sciences, and marine studies.  The University of Delaware is the fifth chapter, chartered in 1905.

Our Motto:

It is the belief of the Phi Kappa Phi faculty that those who become members of the Society will uphold a constant commitment to observe the injunction expressed in the Society's motto, “Let the love of learning rule humanity.”  Each spring, the UD chapter initiates into the ranks a group of outstanding individuals who have been chosen on the basis of their superior academic achievement . 


Each candidate must be completing at least the junior year in a baccalaureate program and in the upper 7.5% of their class with a cumulative grade index of at least 3.7 (on a 4 point scale).  The chapter may also invite graduate students and faculty into membership.

Graduate Fellowship Application:

Fellowship Applications can be found on the national website.  UD applicants must submit a complete application to the Office of Service Learning by March 14, 2014; chapter decisions will be announced March 28.  The selection committee will choose one national nominee and one chapter award winner.

Essay Competition:

Essays are due on Friday, April 11 to the Office of Service Learning.  Notification is April 25.  Applicants must be available to give a brief (5-minute) talk about their research at the Induction Ceremony on May 2.

Essays should be submitted blind, with a cover page and a completed Faculty Support Form.


We have a facebook group to keep our members updated on the most important information