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Alumna receives Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

RELEASED: June 27, 2011

Audrey Mohr
Audrey Mohr

EAU CLAIRE —A May 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was one of 60 students from throughout the nation to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, inducts only the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, and the top 7.5 percent of juniors from more than 300 university campuses.

Audrey Mohr, New Ulm, Minn., who graduated summa cum laude in geology, was awarded $5,000. She plans to pursue a master of science degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Phi Kappa Phi allocates $330,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. The selection process is based on undergraduate academic performance, leadership and service to campus and community, evidence of graduate potential, citizenship and character, among other criteria.

While studying at UW-Eau Claire, Mohr was a University Honors Program student, a McNair Scholar and a teaching assistant in the geology department. She also served as an orientation assistant to freshmen, an Admissions intern, a resident assistant in the residence halls and a peer adviser for the Center for International Education.

Mohr participated in faculty-student collaborative research and was a Student Research Day award winner. As a result of her work with Dr. Kent Syverson, professor of geology, she had the opportunity to present research at the North Central Geological Society of America meeting and was invited to share her specialized knowledge of geology with hikers in the Blue Hills area of western Wisconsin as part of an event sponsored by the Rusk County Tourism Bureau and the greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mohr received numerous scholarships and honors at UW-Eau Claire, including the Golden Key national honor society's undergraduate scholarship. Mohr was a member of and later served as secretary for the UW-Eau Claire chapter of Golden Key. In 2010, as chair of the group's annual Better World Books textbook drive, Mohr led a team of volunteers in collecting 12 tons of books — the most in the nation — and earned an all-expense paid trip to Uganda and South Africa. There she witnessed the impact of the program by visiting the urban and rural schools and libraries that benefit from the book drives.

Since its founding in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than a million members. Some of the organization's more notable members include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence and writer John Grisham. The honor society's mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

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