OXFORD — University of Mississippi junior R.G. Grady Pickering of Laurel was among more than 300 students inducted into the UM chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in an Oct. 14 ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. 

 Pickering is a biochemistry major who, after graduation in May 2020, plans to continue his education in medical school with the goal of serving in the military as a physician. He has been named a Stamps Scholar, president of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, a special events coordinator for Ole Miss Ambassadors, an American Legion Boys State staff member, a supplemental instructional leader for organic chemistry and a member of the Lott Leadership Institute. 

He is the son of Stacey and Whitney Pickering of Jones County.

In addition, Ole Miss students Benjamin Stevens and Kristen Martin, both of Ellisville, and Mary Morgan Prince of Laurel were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

 Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is based on a student’s sound character and academic standing. Juniors must have completed 72 credit hours and rank in the top 7.5 percent of their class, while seniors and graduate students must rank in the top 10 percent of their class.

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