Hanisch of Rockville graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and is attending graduate school at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in computer science.
Every year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 51 fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study.
Hanisch was among 160 nominees from approximately 300 college chapters who was nominated locally and competed for the awards.
She was selected based on the following criteria: academic achievement, written work sample, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement, career goals, acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program, and a personal statement that highlighted “commitment to graduate education, anticipated contributions and career goals.”
Phi Kappa Phi promotes academic excellence and is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Standards for election are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.