A number of Honors College students were recently awarded scholarships by the VCU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, as well as by the university’s schools and colleges.
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. With chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, Phi Kappa Phi promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others.
Recognized with the following Phi Kappa Phi Chapter scholarships were Shira Lanyi (above, left), recipient of the Lauren A. Woods Graduate Fellowship; and Anthony Erb (center, with Prof. D'Arcy Mays), recipient of the Wayne C. Hall Undergraduate Scholarship. As the Woods Fellowship winner, Shira Lanyi is also the VCU chapter's nominee for a National Fellowship.
Three Honors students received Robert G. Davis Undergraduate Writing and Research Awards: E. Calvin Costic, Margaret Ellis and Matthew Helton (above, right). Calvin Costic won for his essay "Characteristics of Success in Movements for Statehood in Quasi-States in and around the Former Soviet Union." Margaret Ellis won for her essay "The Museum of Public Art and Urban Revitalization in Old South Baton Rouge." Matty Helton won for his essay "Subversive Drag Culture and the Breakdown of the Gender Binary in American Queer Culture in the Context of the Diffusion of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic." These essays met the criteria of articulating a strong research question, organizing and synthesizing ideas logically, demonstrating its significance to an academic discipline, and maintaining the writer’s own voice and authority, informed and enriched by the ideas, examples, and methods of scholars in that discipline.
Additionally, Anthony Erb and Sohum Bhatt were awarded Phi Kappa Phi scholarships by the College of Humanities and Sciences. Danny Rayes was named VCU Life Sciences Undergraduate Scholar.