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Top Honor Society Recognizes Three Duquesne Students

Three Duquesne students have been honored through the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, one with a national fellowship and two with Love of Learning Awards.

Sara Katrancha, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, received Phi Kappa Phi's Slater Fellowship. Named for Dr. James R. Slater, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Puget Sound, the fellowship gives preference to the top scorer whose undergraduate field is in biological sciences. Katrancha, who was named a Goldwater Scholar as an undergraduate, is the second Duquesne student to receive a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.

A native of Dunlo, PA, Katrancha is pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience at Yale University.

Two students earned Love of Learning awards worth $500: Sıla Özkara and Oakland Walters. 

Özkara, who was initiated into the society this year, is a doctoral student studying philosophy at Duquesne. A native of Ankara, Turkey, she plans to use the award funds to purchase the German originals of the works of G.W.F. Hegel.

Walters, also initiated into the society in 2013 as a Duquesne graduate student, is a first-year medical student at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton. Originally from Manchester, N.J., he attended Duquesne as a post-baccalaureate student. He plans to apply the funds to the costs of textbooks and medical supplies.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society across all academic disciplines, awards 51 $5,000 fellowships and 147 Love of Learning awards. The society has chapters on more than 300 select college campuses in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors.

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