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TWU student selected
as Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipient
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.
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
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.
Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456