Becker elected to Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018

Lora Becker, professor of psychology at the University of Evansville, was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi - the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The election took place August 4 during the Society’s Biennial Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In this role, Becker will represent the membership of Phi Kappa Phi while also working to support the mission and goals of the Society. She will serve a two-year term during the 2018-2020 biennium.

Becker has been an active leader of Phi Kappa Phi at the local and national levels since 2014. She has held a number of roles within the University of Evansville chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, including president, a position she assumed in 2015. Becker was also chair of the 2016 Biennial Convention Credentials Committee for Phi Kappa Phi and most recently served as chair of the national Bylaws Committee for the 2016-18 biennium.

Becker received her B.S in biology and psychology from Wright State University. She earned her M.A. in psychobiology and Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from State University of New York at Binghamton.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897. Membership 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. Some of the organization's notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, retired NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million to outstanding students and members through graduate fellowships, study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information, visit

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