Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines with more than 1 million members into its ranks.  Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.  Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

Phi Kappa Phi is one of the oldest and most respected academic honor societies.  The first members of Ball State's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi were inducted in October, 2003.  You may find additional information about the Society at its national website at


Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.  You do not need to be a Ball State University Honors College student to receive an invitation or be a member of Phi Kappa Phi.  Membership is open to ALL Ball State University students and graduate students meeting Phi Kappa Phi membership requirements as listed.  Because Phi Kappa Phi is highly selective, membership is a stamp of excellence that is recognized by graduate and professional school admissions committees and employers alike.

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 290 at Ball State University Officers for 2016-2017

  • President --- Dom Caristi            
  • Past President --- Dr. Susan Wilczynski        
  • Vice-President/President Elect ---Nina Yssel
  • Secretary/Treasurer ---Dr. John Emert 
  • Continuity Officer --- Mrs. Kristy Dishman
  • Membership Officer --- Dr. James S. Ruebel

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 290 at Ball State University Student Officers for 2016-2017

  • Seeking individuals interested in becoming part of the Phi Kappa Phi Student Board.  Please contact Dom Caristi @ or Susan Wilczynski @ for additional information.

News and Events

Watch for your invitation to join the Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  Mailings will be going out to all qualifying Junior, Senior and Graduate students in September.  You do not want to throw this envelope away!  The initiation ceremony and fall lecture will be held on October 21, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m. in AJ 175.  Your guest speaker will be Tim Berg, Assistant Professor of Honors Humanities speaking about "Everything is Amazing."   In the meantime, take a look at the national Phi Kappa Phi website to see what scholarship you would like to apply for.

Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship & Award Opportunities

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's ongoing commitment to excellence is reflected in its scholarships and awards programs. $1 million is awarded each biennium to outstanding students.  Phi Kappa Phi members and chapters through the Society's various awards competitions: the Fellowship, Phi Kappa Phi Scholar & Artist, Study Abroad Grants , Love of Learning, and Dissertation Fellowship.  To read a summary of all the programs, Scholarship Summary.  Remember that you submit your proposal to the local Ball State Chapter first before it can be forwarded to PKP National.  Local deadlines vary so please contact Kristy Dishman, Honors College, 765-285-1024 for those dates.  Applications are evaluated based on numerous factors.    Please contact any Phi Kappa Phi local officer or visit the Phi Kappa Phi website if you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities.  Deadlines are approaching so please check each one individually.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.  Applications must be submitted to the BSU Chapter (c/o Kristy Dishman, the Honors House) by 5pm April 3.  Details and application forms are available at PKP Fellowship Award.