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Clarkson University Student Jared Smith Earns Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Jared D. Smith ‘13 has received a fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi -- the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Jared D. SmithSmith of Bay Shore, N.Y, received his bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Clarkson University in May. He is pursuing graduate studies in environmental and water resource systems engineering at Cornell University.

He is among 57 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society's most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study.

Smith said his experiences at Clarkson allowed him to thrive and paved the way for earning the fellowship. He was a presidential scholar for all his semesters at Clarkson, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA, receiving the Levinus Clarkson Award at commencement.

Outside of the Clarkson curriculum, Smith co-founded a chapter of the environmental engineering honor society of Tau Chi Alpha at Clarkson with senior Jared Best and advisor Professor Stefan Grimberg. He was also the president of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), the vice president of Clarkson’s Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the secretary of the Clarkson Community Orchestra and the group coordinator for an Adopt a Highway Group consisting of three environmental clubs on campus.

“Clarkson has given me the opportunity to pretty much do whatever I wanted to do and execute it well,” he said. “I received the fellowship because of my accomplishments that Clarkson put me in a position to achieve.”

Phi Kappa Phi awards fellowships based on the applicants' evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities 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. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The 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." For more information, visit

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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