Kappa Omicron Nu
Admitted to ACHS: 1951
Omicron Nu admitted 1951, readmitted 1968
Kappa Omicron Phi admitted 1972
Founded in 1990 through consolidation of Omicron Nu (founded at Michigan Agricultural College, April 1912) and Kappa Omicron Phi (founded at Northwest Missouri State College, December 11, 1922)
No of Active Chapters: 96
No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 3
Total Membership: 142000
Publications: Kappa Omicron Nu FORUM, Dialogue, Collegiate Member Newsletter, Chapter Newsletter, URC Undergraduate Research Journal
PURPOSE: The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society is empowered leaders in scholarship, research, and leadership development. This mission will enhance the ability of the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers as leaders for the 21st century. To accomplish this mission, the Society shall promote scholarship and encourage intellectual development, promote research and foster the spirit of inquiry, confer distinction for high achievement, promote leadership development, stimulate student and faculty dialogue, enrich the intellectual environment of higher education institutions, encourage high standards of practice and ethical behavior, and promote attitudes of professional responsibility for the public good.
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students shall have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent, have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, and rank in the top 25 percent of their class. Graduate students shall have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
MAJOR ACTIVITIES: KON awards $150-500 in scholar program grants to each chapter once each biennium. Fellowships and grants in excess of $70,000 are awarded each biennium. Grants are awarded on the basis of research priorities. Chapter programming focuses on a national program theme and scholarly priorities, including undergraduate writing, ethics, mentoring, cultural diversity, leadership, and undergraduate research. Kappa Omicron Nu holds a biennial conclave.
The Undergraduate Research Community for the Human Sciences (URC) is sponsored by Kappa Omicron Nu in partnership with four administrator groups and the following institutional founders: Michigan State University, Kansas State University, and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. The URC hosts a biennial Undergraduate Research Conference and the Online Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences to include research manuscripts, research papers, and research reports (including creative projects) within a broad range of fields that could be classified as human sciences.