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UW Students Receive Love of Learning Award

December 10, 2015

Two University of Wyoming graduate students are among 80 students nationwide who recently received a Love of Learning award from Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Brigid Grund, an anthropology Ph.D. candidate from Boulder, Colo.; and Chido Muchemwa, an MFA student in nonfiction from Harare, Zimbabwe, each received a $500 award.

Grund will use funds from the award to travel to the Society for American Archaeology's 81st annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Muchemwa will use funds from the award to attend the African Studies Association annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi'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."

With more than 300 chapters at colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines, Phi Kappa Phi membership is by invitation only. The honor society inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually.

The Love of Learning program, started in 2007, grants 160 awards annually in support of graduate and professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, and travel related to teaching and studies.

 To learn more about the award program, visit

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