Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
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.