Alyssa White Awarded Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship

Alyssa White a spring 2014 Honors College graduate with a double major in anthropology and Spanish and a minor in East Asian Studies (Japanese) has been awarded the Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship.

Alyssa will apply the award towards her first year of graduate study at Oxford University.  Her activities and involvement while at Auburn were noteworthy.  She assumed a leadership role as Associate Editor of AUJUS – Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Studies as well as served as an  assistant director of the campus Biological Anthropology lab; she was a two time recipient of the university’s Competitive Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF); she was a Japanese tutor at the campus language lab; she presented her peer-reviewed research to state, regional and national conferences; she authored two peer-reviewed publications; she was selected for the Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Freshman Award and Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Second Year Award;  she was one of a handful of third year students elected to Phi Beta Kappa in the spring of 2013; and, if that were not enough, she is a second degree black belt and Tae Kwon Do instructor.  In March of 2013 (her junior year at Auburn) Alyssa was recognized the top Auburn undergraduate woman as recipient of the Women’s Studies Undergraduate Student Achievement Award.

In the summer of 2013, Alyssa participated in the Harvard Summer School in Kyoto (Japan) program where she took advanced courses in Japanese language, religion and history.  Funding for Alyssa’s study abroad experience came from the generous support of the Doug and Lisa Kilton Fellowship which was established in the Honors College in the spring of 2012 and without which she would have been unable to study abroad.  Alyssa’s research advisor is Dr. Kristrina Shuler, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

Alyssa will pursue a MSc. in Archaeological Science at Oxford University in the fall.

Each year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each to members entering their 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. This is the third year in-a-row that an Auburn University graduate has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship - following Mary-Catherine Anderson (summer 2014) and Paul Bergen (summer 2013).