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TWU student selected as Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipient

4/28/06


DENTON - Texas Woman’s University student Shaina Porter of Granbury was awarded a Fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for the 2006-2007 academic year on April 17. Ms. Porter is among only 100 students nationwide to receive this honor.

Ms. Porter will graduate from TWU in May with a degree in biology with an emphasis in research. She holds a 3.889 grade point average in her major and plans to pursue her doctorate at the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Science in the fall.

Ms. Porter recently was recognized as one of two Outstanding Seniors during TWU’s Honors Convocation April 20. She also was awarded the TWU Chancellor’s Scholarship as an incoming freshman, and is currently a Chancellor’s Student Research Scholar. Ms. Porter is active in numerous organizations, including the Honors Scholar Program, Gamma Beta Phi honor service organization, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and the Athenian Honor Society, in which she served as president in 2004-05. Ms. Porter completed the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2005, where she participated in a mapping project to delineate the location of the skin tumor promotion gene in mice.

“Shaina Porter has remarkable potential for success as a research scientist,” said Dr. Heather Conrad-Webb, associate professor of biology at TWU. “She has the academic ability, the thirst for answers and determination necessary for a successful career in biomedical research.”

Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society's most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating nearly $380,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate study. Currently, 60 Fellowships of $5,000 and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 are awarded each year.

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on nearly 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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