What is Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U)?
Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society in Family and Consumer Sciences that was founded in 1910 at the University of Minnesota
What Does Phi U Do?
– Recognize and promote academic excellence
– Enhance qualities of leadership by providing opportunities for service
– Encourage lifelong learning and commitment to advance family and consumer sciences and related areas
Membership eligibility is determined differently for undergraduate students, transfer students, graduate students, and Local Honoraries.
Undergraduate Students– An undergraduate student will be eligible to be a collegiate member of a chapter if the individual:
1. Has completed a minimum of 60 quarter hours (units)
2. Is majoring in family and consumer sciences or one of its related areas
3. Ranks not lower than the highest 35% of their class
4. Exhibits the potential for professional and community leadership
5. Demonstrates a spirit of service
6. Exemplifies character through personal integrity and professional attitude
Transfer Students– A transfer student will become eligible for membership after the completion of two quarters and after meeting eligibility requirements.
Graduate Students– A graduate student enrolled in family and consumer sciences or related area will become eligible for membership when the following criteria are met:
1. When the student has completed 12 semester hours or its equivalent in courses in family and consumer sciences and related areas. The student is not required to hold a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, but may have earned the degree in an allied area.
2. When the student’s undergraduate record has been evaluated and shows that the student’s scholarship meets the requirements for membership, then the other criteria for membership should be carefully considered. The GPA for a graduate student should be a minimum of 3.2.
Why Should You Join Phi U?
Recognizes and Rewards Academic Excellence
– Minimum Standard: Top 35% of students in Family and Consumer Sciences and its related areas
– Provides pin, certificate, and academic recognition
– Phi U is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies
Builds Social and Leadership Skills
– Identifies individuals with proven or potential professional and community service
– Gives opportunities to build professional leadership
– Supplies a structure for building competence in management and leadership
– Opportunities include chapter office positions, chairs of committees, and district and national events
– Is a source of lifetime friendship
Supplies Opportunities for Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards
– Undergraduate scholarships, awards, and graduate fellowships available at the national and chapter level
– THE CANDLE, a professional publication published twice a year, provides professional and inspirational material, as well as an opportunity to publish your own writing
Supports Your Career
– Provides networking with established professionals and mentoring by alumni
– Entrance at GS-& level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the federal service
**For more information on Phi U, please visit their website at http://www.phiu.org
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