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TWU student selected as Phi Kappa Phi Award of Excellence recipient

5/11/07


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University student Abigail Leddy of Maypearl recently was selected as an Award of Excellence recipient by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for the 2007-2008 academic year. Ms. Leddy is among only 100 students nationwide to receive this honor, which includes a $2,000 stipend.

Ms. Leddy will graduate from TWU in August with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She holds a 4.0 grade point average and plans to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis beginning in the fall.

“It is a great honor to receive this award,” Ms. Leddy said. “It will help me pursue my graduate career in physical therapy and enable me to have more time for research.”

Ms. Leddy is in the TWU Honors Scholar program and was selected as a member of the TWU Phi Kappa Phi chapter in 2006. She also was named to the TWU Dean’s List from 2004 to 2007 and the National Dean’s List from 2004 to 2006. As her high school’s valedictorian, Ms. Leddy received the TWU Presidential Scholarship, which covered her tuition and fees while at TWU. She also has received scholarships from the TWU Former Students Association, Global Expertise and Outsourcing and Texas Industries

Ms. Leddy is active in numerous organizations, including the Pre-Physical Therapy Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the TWU chapters of the Texas Recycling and Environmentally Ethical Students (TREES) and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). She also has worked on numerous research projects, including two presentations at the TWU 2006 Creative Arts and Research Symposium — “None But the Brave Can Eat the Fare: The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906” and “Actin Filament Content in Navigating Neuronal Growth Cones.”

“Abi is an outstanding, well-rounded student and excellent researcher,” said Dr. DiAnna L. Hynds, assistant professor of biology at TWU. “I expect her to excel in her graduate work and career, and to be at the forefront of advances in her field.”

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 at 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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