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TWU student to receive national Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship



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DENTON — Texas Woman’s University senior Rae Lynn McFarlin of Bonham is one of only 60 students in the U.S. and two in Texas to receive a national Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. She will use her $5,000 scholarship to pursue a doctorate in chemistry at Texas A&M University.

“When I first heard of this award as a freshman, I was astonished at the accomplishments of the TWU Phi Kappa Phi Fellows,” Ms. McFarlin said. “To receive the fellowship as a senior is one of my highest honors as a TWU student, and the funds will be a tremendous help as I begin graduate studies in the fall.”

Ms. McFarlin is completing her term as the TWU student regent. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TWU on Friday, May 14 with a 4.0 grade point average. She also will serve as the commencement speaker during the TWU College of Arts and Sciences graduation ceremony May 14.

The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship is the second prestigious national scholarship awarded to Ms. McFarlin. Last fall, she and fellow TWU student Victoria Loveland were among 46 students in the nation to receive a $10,000 scholarship from the National Consortium of Measurement and Signals Intelligence Research Scholars Program, funded by the National Science Foundation.

“I wouldn’t have dreamed it was possible to receive national awards if it weren’t for the support of TWU faculty and staff,” Ms. McFarlin said. “Being at TWU has taught me that the sky is the limit in terms of my possibilities as a student and as a future college professor and researcher.”

The TWU Former Students Association named Ms. McFarlin as one of two TWU Outstanding Seniors during TWU Honors Convocation in April. She is a past president and vice president of the TWU chapter of the national mathematics honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon, and is a member of the TWU Honors Scholar Program, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the TWU Leadership Institute.

She presented her research at the 2008 national Kappa Mu Epsilon Conference in Philadelphia and interned at the U.T. Southwestern Medical School during the summer of 2009.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. For more information, visit

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