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Scholastic Societies
Phi Beta Kappa is a scholastic honor society for those in the liberal arts and sciences. The society was formed in 1776 and is the oldest student honorary society in the US. The Florida State University chapter, chartered in 1934 and established in 1935, was the first in Florida. The FSU chapter became an RSO in 2008. The chapterís activities include recognition of outstanding juniors and graduating seniors and sponsorship of visiting speakers of University-wide interest. In the Fall and Spring, the chapter gives the Marion Jewell Hay Award to the top graduating student member. In the Spring, student officers honor an FSU faculty member with the Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award. New members are automatically invited each Fall, Spring, and Summer based on major, grades (minimum 3.9 GPA for juniors and 3.65 GPA for seniors), language study, and other criteria.

Local Web site: http://pbk.fsu.edu/
National Web site: http://www.pbk.org/
Local contact: Annelise Leysieffer – 850-893-1272, aleysieffer@gmail.com

Phi Kappa Phi recognizes academic excellence among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in all disciplines. The society was founded in 1897; the University chapter was chartered in 1925. The chapter recognizes outstanding student scholars and artists and recommends them for national awards. New members are automatically invited each spring. Second-term juniors must rank in the upper seven and one-half percent (7.5%) of their respective colleges or schools. Seniors must be in the upper ten percent (10%) of their respective colleges or schools. Graduate and professional students must rank in the upper ten percent (10%) of their respective colleges or schools. All students must have at least twenty-four (24) graded semester hours at The Florida State University.

Local Web site: http://undergrad.fsu.edu/Academic-Information/Phi-Kappa-Phi
National Web site:
http://www.phikappaphi.org/web/
Local contact: Mary Melton– 645-9793, mmelton@fsu.edu

Founded in 1977, Golden Key International Honour Society honors undergraduate and graduate academic achievements. The Florida State University chapter was chartered in 1984. The University chapter awards the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award and regularly sponsors projects in local schools and a number of community service projects. The chapter has been named The Florida State University Campus Organization of the Year and has been recognized for excellence by the national organization. Every fall the chapter automatically invites those students with at least thirty (30) semester hours and in the top fifteen percent (15%) of the sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate class.

Local Web site: http://www.fsu.goldenkey.org/
National Web site
: http://www.goldenkey.org/
Local contact: Andrea Failing– 644-9553, afailing@admin.fsu.edu or Rodreyous Kelley-644-5136 rkkelley@admin.fsu.edu

Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest national honor society that encourages and rewards academic excellence among first year university students. Every spring full-time FSU undergraduates who earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 during their first year in college are offered membership-for-life in Phi Eta Sigma. Selected participants represent Florida State at Phi Eta Sigma's biennial national convention. Locally, members are invited to participate in a variety of academically-based opportunities such as peer advising and tutoring; volunteering at major university events; and managing chapter activities as a member of the Leadership Council. These exceptional opportunities make Florida State members highly competitive when applying for Phi Eta Sigma national scholarships as demonstrated by the $136,500 in total awards won by FSU members in the past five years. Members may also apply for the chapter's Endowed Award to Support Undergraduate Research.

Local Web site: http://fsuphietasigma.org
National Web site: http://www.phietasigma.org/
Local contact: Chris Boyd – 644-7424, PhiEtaSigma@fsu.edu or look for "Phi Eta Sigma - FSU" on Facebook

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honors organization that recognizes outstanding academic achievement among first and second year college students and encourages members to develop leadership skills through community service. The Society was founded in 1994 at The George Washington University, and the Florida State University chapter formed in 1995. The Society offers scholarships, awards, service opportunities, and leadership programs. Every fall the chapter invites to membership those students who rank in the top 20th percentile with a minimum GPA of 3.4.

Local Web site: http://fsunscs.com/
National Web site: http://www.nscs.org/
Local contact :
Emily Kennelly – 644-8685, ekennelly@admin.fsu.edu


 

Leadership/Scholastic Societies
The W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society, established in 1991, is named for the black scholar, editor, and author of The Souls of Black Folk, who set high standards for educating African-Americans in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The purpose of the W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society is to honor the memory of the outstanding educator, Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois by promoting the pursuit of academic excellence in all fields of higher education, engaging the community of scholars in service to others, and recognizing the outstanding achievements of the societyís members. The Du Bois Society supports, guides, and encourages member involvement in other leadership and honorary organiza-tions at Florida State University. Membership is open to all full-time undergraduate students of sound character who have achieved a 3.3 cumulative GPA at Florida State University, are in the top 20% of his/her class, and have earned at least thirty semester hours at this Univer-sity. Letters of invitation will be sent to eligible students at least once each academic year. Transfer students and seniors will be considered for membership on an individual basis.

Local Web site: http://care.fsu.edu/W.E.B.-DuBois-Honor-Society
National Web site:
Local contact: Undergraduate Studies, 644-2740 or the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement, 644-9699

Omicron Delta Kappa is the national leadership honor society for faculty and students. The society was founded in 1914 and came to The Florida State University in 1950. The society recognizes achievement in scholarship; athletics; social, service, and religious activities; campus government; journalism, speech, and mass media; and creative and performing arts. Annual activities include the homecoming breakfast honoring outstanding Florida State University Grads Made Good; faculty/staff spring mixer; and the 7:50 A.M. Breakfast Club, where faculty, staff and alumni meet with current ODK students to discuss campus issues. The Florida State University circle has been named a "Circle of Distinction." Applications are sought twice a year, and members are chosen on the basis of scholarship (upper third [33%] of junior, senior, or graduate class), leadership, and service.

Local Web site: http://sga.fsu.edu/organizations/odk/
National Web site: http://www.odk.org/
Local contact: Laura Osteen – 644-3342, osteen@fsu.edu

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes students for distinguished achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. The national organization was founded in 1918 and the Florida State University Torchbearer chapter in 1931. Each year Mortar Board sponsors and participates in events to provide service (e.g., Reading is Leading and St. Baldricks), advance the spirit of scholarship, and facilitate cooperation among honor societies. Every fall and spring, students with a minimum of 60 hours (24 of which must be earned at FSU) and an FSU GPA of 3.25 GPA or a ranking in the top 25th percentile of their class (whichever is higher) in their respective colleges are invited to apply for membership. Mortar Board members are not only recognized as the top scholars and leaders on campus, but are presented with the unique opportunity to join a diverse group of students from vastly different disciplines and interests Nationally, Mortar Board provides career networking, fellowships, and awards.

National Web site: http://www.mortarboard.org/
Facebook: FSU Mortar Board
Local contact: fsumortarboard@gmail.com
Advisors: Ellen Crabtree – 644-2451, ecrabtree@fsu.edu or Linda Burns– 645-2847, lburns@admin.fsu.edu

Garnet Key Honor Society of the Panama City campus, founded in 1986, recognizes students primarily for service and scholarship, but also for spirit and leadership. Activities are generally service projects and functions for the Panama City campus. Applicants must have completed twelve (12) semester hours at that campus with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Local contact: Cristina Rios – (850) 770-2253, crios@pc.fsu.edu

The Oscar Arias Sanchez Hispanic Honor Society (OASHHS) was formed in the fall term of 1992 to recognize the academic excellence of Hispanic/Latino students and students seeking to learn about Hispanic/Latin culture in all fields of study. Membership into the OASHHS shall be granted to those sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students who have attained a 3.3 GPA or above, and who have fulfilled the required service projects. The OASHHS is a scholastic/leadership society.

Local Web site: http://care.fsu.edu/Oscar-Arias-Sanchez-Hispanic-Honor-Society
National Web site: http://undergrad.fsu.edu/Oscar/
Local contact: Undergraduate Studies, 644-2740; Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement, 644-9699

Garnet and Gold Key, founded in 1924, is the oldest leadership honorary society on the Florida State University campus. The society was formed to recognize the spirit of service, leadership, and loyalty. The society's annual activities now include Torch Night, which recognizes the top 100 incoming freshmen, and the conferral of The Ross Oglesby Award, given to one outstanding faculty member who has dedicated 10 years of service to the University, its students, and various community service projects. Juniors and seniors are able to apply twice a year for membership. Membership is granted on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and a diversified leadership experience.

Local Web site: http://sga.fsu.edu/ggkey/
Local contact: William Woodyard – 644-8955, wwoodyard@cob.fsu.edu


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Other University-Wide Societies
Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society of America's two-year colleges. The National Alumni Association offers former active members the opportunity to remain affiliated after they transfer. Phi Theta Kappa was founded in 1918; The Florida State University has had an alumni chapter since 1982.

Local Web site: http://undergrad.fsu.edu/Academic-Information/Phi-Theta-Kappa
National Web site: http://www.ptk.org/
Local contact: Lisa Liseno– 645-8215, lliseno@fsu.edu


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