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Recent U of M Graduate Nicholas Mastron Receives Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

Nicholas Mastron

June 10, 2014 - Nicholas Mastron, a May graduate of the University of Memphis, has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Marcus L. Urann Fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Mastron is one of only six recipients of the national award, chosen from more than 170 nominees.

The $15,000 fellowship is awarded to Phi Kappa Phi  members who are entering their first year of graduate or professional study. Mastron will start his doctoral studies in public policy and administration at George Washington University this fall. He completed his BA degree at the U of M with four majors: political science, economics, international studies and history, graduating summa cum laude.

A member of the Helen Hardin Honors Program, Mastron received the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Other awards received include the Tennessee Historical Commission Award and the Department of Political Science’s Outstanding Student Award.

As a rising senior, Mastron was selected as one of the Honors Program’s Summer Research Fellows to begin work on his honors thesis in political science. He presented his honors thesis research at numerous venues, including Posters at the Capitol in Nashville and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Mastron held leadership roles in numerous student organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Model United Nations, the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature and the U of M  College Democrats.

His parents are Gary and Annette Mastron of Memphis.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. It has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

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