Posted on December 14th in Press Room

Phi Theta Kappa Publishes Sixth Undergraduate Research Journal

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has published academic research conducted by students at 18 colleges in Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research.

The full journal is available here.

Civic Scholar features 18 research projects by high-achieving community college students from 15 states in the United States on a wide range of topics, including “Impacts of Reduced Play Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic” and “Pretty Terrific Kids: Making Play More Inclusive for All.” There were 394 submissions for the sixth edition of Civic Scholar.

“Civic Scholar showcases the research, teamwork, and creativity of our very best chapters,” PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “The 18 projects featured show how engaged students can apply innovative research and take meaningful action on important issues on their campuses and in their communities. We are proud to share their work and highlight the research they are doing.”

Research was conducted as part of Phi Theta Kappa’s honors program, Honors in Action, and based on the topic, The Art and Science of Play. The works published in Civic Scholar include both substantive research and community engagement — chapters ultimately turned their research into action by using their findings to meet specific community needs.

“We are proud of all the chapters who took the opportunity this year to develop, implement, and write about their Honors in Action projects” Dr. Susan Edwards, Senior Director of Honors Programs, said. “They are conducting research that matters, and their work has engaged people on their community college campuses and in their communities.”

Phi Theta Kappa chapters from the following colleges are featured in the sixth edition of Civic Scholar:

  • Heartland Community College, Illinois
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College, South Carolina
  • Jefferson State Community College, Shelby-Hoover Campus, Alabama
  • Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham Campus, Alabama
  • Labette Community College, Kansas
  • Louisiana State University— Eunice, Louisiana
  • Middlesex Community College, Middletown Campus, Connecticut
  • MiraCosta College, Oceanside Campus, California
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Harrison County Campus, Mississippi
  • Moberly Area Community College, Missouri
  • National Park College, Arkansas
  • Northampton Community College, Pennsylvania
  • Northwestern Michigan College, Michigan
  • Parkland College, Champaign Campus, Illinois
  • Pearl River Community College, Poplarville Campus, Mississippi
  • Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch Campus, New Jersey
  • Tyler Junior College, Texas
  • Western Nebraska Community College, Nebraska

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations. Learn more at

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