Allison E. Carey, assistant professor of English, recently was awarded a $500 Love of Learning award by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. She is one of 147 recipients nationwide to receive the award.
Carey plans to use the award to fund research on her current book project, a study of Civil War-era dime novels. She was initiated into the society in 1990 at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award program was initiated in 2007 to help fund graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development and travel related to teaching and studies for active society members. The society’s award programs grant more than $1 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.
Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897, is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.