Jeffrey Kovac News

Chemistry Professor Elected Senator in Nation’s Oldest Academic Honor Society


Jeff Kovac, professor of chemistry, has been elected as a senator in the nation’s oldest academic honor society. He was one of thirteen senators elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society this month. The society was founded December 5, 1776. Senators serve as directors who set the course for the society’s future and guide the society on policy matters that are carried out by the national office.

Kovac Honored by the College of Arts and Sciences for STEM Education Efforts

Chemistry Professor Jeffrey Kovac has been honored for his contributions to STEM education by serving as director of the Tennessee Governor’s Schools for Sciences and Engineering and the Tennessee Science Olympiad State Tournament. Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, recently presented Kovac with a plaque on behalf of the college.

Big Idea: Rejuvenating Phi Beta Kappa Chapter

Chemistry Professor Jeffrey Kovac is working on a big idea—reactivating UT’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and best-known honor society. It was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, during the American Revolution. UT established its Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 1965.