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ASU Grad Wins Fellowship

July 09, 2014

Binhong Lin, who graduated in May through Angelo State University’s Honors Program, has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship by the Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) national honor society, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic majors.

A native of Foshan City, China, Lin received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in May and will continue his graduate studies in chemistry at Stanford University this fall. He is one of only 57 students nationally to receive a 2014 PKP Fellowship.

Since its creation in 1932, the PKP Fellowship Program has become one of the honor society’s most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study.

The selection process for the PKP Fellowships is based on the applicants’ evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

Lin learned about ASU at a college fair in Guangzhou, China. In addition to the Honors Program, he was a member of the Honors Student Association and Alpha Chi national honor society. He served on the board of the local Adult Literacy Council through the Honors Program’s Community Engagement Initiatives and completed an Alvin and Patricia New Summer Internship conducting research with ASU alum Dr. Shivraj Sohur at Harvard University. He also conducted research with Dr. Christopher Hobbs, ASU assistant professor of chemistry, and presented the results at National Collegiate Honors Council, Great Plains Honors Council, Alpha Chi and American Chemical Society conferences.

Additionally, Lin completed several community service projects and participated in various campus activities, including the Conversation Partners program, helping other international students practice their English speaking skills. He was included in the 2013 edition of Who’s Who Among Students at American Universities and Colleges.

Founded in 1897, PKP has more than 300 chapters at select U.S. colleges and universities. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of college seniors and graduate students and top 7.5 percent of college juniors. More information is available online at www.phikappaphi.org.

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