Welcome to
The Honor Society
of Phi Kappa Phi

Dr. Richard VloskyA Message from the President

It is my privilege to be the President of the LSU Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

Congratulations to all student members on your academic success at Louisiana State University! Standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to the LSU’s top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

Phi Kappa Phi is a select community of top scholars and professionals, providing more than $700,000 in annual scholarships and awards, career advancement, training and networking opportunities, discounts from corporate partners, and much more.

The other officers and members of the Louisiana State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi join me in congratulating you on your outstanding academic achievements. We wish you continued success and look forward to meeting you at a Phi Kappa Phi event.


Richard Vlosky, Ph.D., Professor
President, LSU Chapter 043
Room 120
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Phone: 578-4527

Chapter Welcomes Two New Student VPs

Lily Fontenot, 2018 PKP Student VP(left) I'm Lily Fontenot. I'm a senior pursuing dual degrees in Mass Communication & Spanish with a minor in Sports Studies. I am the assistant sports director for Tiger TV and the Panhellenic delegate for Delta Delta Delta sorority. I am currently applying to law school, and I hope to go into sports law in the future.

Madison Liggio, 2018 PKP Student VP

(right) I'm Eric Forbes, and I am a triple-major pursuing degrees in Accounting, English, and Philosophy, with hopes to go to law school and eventually practice tax law. I also serve on the College Council for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the LSU Speech and Debate Team, and with Honors Advocates! I am so excited to serve Phi Kappa Phi.

2018 George H. Deer Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Julia Ledet is awarded the 2018 Deer Teaching Award
Julia Ledet (in red) with some of her Spring 2018 Math 1552 students | Photo by Troy Robertson

Congratulations to our own Dr. Julia Ledat (LSU Chapter Treasurer) who has been awarded the 2018 George H. Deer Distinguished Teaching Award !!!

Fifty years ago, LSU faculty and staff created an endowment in honor of Dr. George H. Deer, a former dean of the LSU University College and longtime faculty member of what is now the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education. Daughter Carol Deer Miller (Education, ’58) and her husband, Roland, have decided to extend Dr. Deer’s legacy by expanding the endowment to support a teaching award, to be made every year in perpetuity, for University College faculty and graduate assistants.

The George H. Deer Distinguished Teaching Award provides academic support and professional development funds to an LSU faculty member who teaches courses with University College students and has a record of excellence, leadership, a genuine interest in students and outstanding relationships with peers. Potential for growth is also considered, in hopes that the recipient will move forward with greater confidence and a sense of purpose.

More information about Dr. Deer, and this award can be found on the LSU Foundation website.

Michael Denham Selected for 2018 Phi Kappa Phi
Fellowship National Competition

Michael Denham, 2018 Fellowship Award winnerMichael Denham, LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, has been selected as a Fellow and will receive $5,000.

Michael Denham graduated in May 2018 summa cum laude and with College Honors with bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics. In the fall, Michael will attend the University of Cambridge to pursue a master’s program in Health, Medicine, and Society to explore the ways in which the structural design of healthcare markets and medical institutions affects public perception of health and medicine. After completion of this program, he will attend medical school at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Michael was also the recipient of the LSU Chapter’s 2018 Outstanding Senior Award.

Congratulations, Michael!

Chapter and Awardee's Recognized
in The Advocate

The LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and our outstanding Awardee's from the Spring 2018 Induction and Awards Ceremony were recognized in The Advocate (the local Baton Rouge daily newspaper) on Wednesday, 11 May 2018.

Pam Bordelon, famed compiler of all-things social and published in the Baton Rouge Advocate, was gracious in publishing photos and awardee information from the Phi Kappa Phi Spring Induction/Awards ceremony. Great photos by William Boyd Lee, II. Thank you Pam!

The page is available for download as a PDF by clicking here.

"An Evening with Great Authors"

2018 An Evening with Great Authors

An Evening with Great Authors, sponsored by the LSU Chapter of the Society of Phi Kappa Phi was a huge sucess. The event featured Holly Clegg, author of the Trim&Terffic cookbook series. During the event, Holly Clegg, our "Great Author" was bestowed with the Chapter's Medallion of Distinction by our Chapter Presedent, Rich Vlosky. .

This year's event was the largest ever, with proceeds benefitting our yearly parterner, Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge. Photos are available for viewing and download on the flickr site. Thank you for all who attended and provided support for this wonderful community program!

Dr. Ioan Negulescu

Meet Our New President-Elect:
Dr. Ioan Negulescu!!

Dr. Negulescu is associated with the LSU Department of Chemistry (1990-), the Department of Textiles, Apparel design and Merchandising (1994-) and the LSU AgCenter (1998-) where he is now a Distinguished Grace Drews Lehmann Professor.

The scientific interests of Professor Negulescu are focused on: Chemistry and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Polymers and Textile Materials; Organic Chemistry of Polymers; Liquid Crystals; Rheology of Polymeric Systems; Medical Polymers; Polymer Reinforced Asphalts; Nonwoven Composite Materials.

His publications include 2 books, 19 book chapters, over 130 peer-reviewed papers, 17 patents and over 200 presentations at national and international meetings.