Phi Eta Sigma

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Phi Eta Sigma
Phi Eta Sigma.svg
Founded March 22, 1923
University of Illinois
Type National Honor Society
Motto Φρόνις ἐστί δύναμις
(Greek: Knowledge is Power)
Colors Gold and Black
Publication The Forum
Chapters 377
Members 1,100,000+ lifetime
Headquarters Bowling Green, Kentucky
United States

Phi Eta Sigma (ΦΗΣ) is an American freshman honor society. Founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923, it is the oldest and largest freshman honor society and now has more than three hundred and seventy-five chapters throughout the United States and more than 1,100,000 members.[1]


Any first-year student with a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of a full curricular period is eligible for membership, provided that student has taken normal academic coursework.[1] Once inducted, membership is conferred for life, and members are not required to maintain a 3.5 GPA.


Phi Eta Sigma provides $1,000 awards and $6,000 scholarships for undergraduate study, as well as $7,500 scholarships for the first year of graduate study. Members of Phi Eta Sigma must apply to receive these awards. Nearly $300,000 in scholarships is awarded every year by the national organization.[1]

Phi Eta Sigma also awards the Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar Leader of the Year Endowed Scholarship, named in honor of the founder and first Grand President of Phi Eta Sigma. This scholarship is a $10,000 award presented yearly to the member whom the Scholarship Committee determines to best exemplify the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma.[2]


Phi Eta Sigma has two publications which it distributes to its members each year.[3] The Forum is a magazine published each year containing updates of Phi Eta Sigma's activity, as well as announcements and biographies of scholarship recipients. Hints on Studying and Learning is a popular pamphlet distributed by Phi Eta Sigma to its members. It addresses effective study habits such as preparation for studying; productive reading, note taking, and memorizing skills; as well as suggestions for the successful preparation of term papers and preparing for exams.

National Convention[edit]

Phi Eta Sigma organizes a biennial convention for its members, advisers, and special guests. Attendee expenses, excluding transportation, are paid for by the national office for a chapter adviser and a student delegate from each chapter.[1] The most recent convention was held in 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.[4]

Executive Officers[edit]

The Executive Officers are elected at the biennial conventions. The positions include national officers and executive committee advisers and students. They oversee the business of the Society, and the national office staff manages general operations.

The current Executive Officers for the 2016-2018 term are:[5]

List of universities with a present or former chapter[edit]

Region I (Northwestern United States)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Boise State University Boise, ID April 19, 2010
Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA February 18, 1981
University of Idaho Moscow, ID November 9, 1934
Pacific University Forest Grove, OR May 19, 2004
University of Puget Sound Seattle, WA April 18, 2006
University of Washington Seattle, WA March 6, 1991
Washington State University Pullman, WA April 17, 1993
Western Washington University Bellingham, WA April 16, 1997
Whitworth University Spokane, WA October 18, 2011
Institution Location Years Active
College of Idaho Caldwell, ID 1984–2010
Eastern Oregon University La Grande, OR 1998–2003
Montana State University Bozeman, MT 1930–1981
University of Oregon Eugene, OR 1949–2004
Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 1949–2004
Willamette University Salem, OR 1947–2006

Region II (California and Hawaii)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
University of California, Los Angeles[1] Los Angeles, CA November 10, 1936
California State University, Chico Chico, CA April 23, 1967
California State University, Long Beach[2] Long Beach, CA February 27, 1966
Pepperdine University Malibu, CA April 6, 1982
San Diego State University San Diego, CA December 16, 1955
Institution Location Years Active
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 1947–1962
California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, CA 1996–2004
California State University, Northridge Northridge, Los Angeles, CA 1997–2007
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI 1964–1994
University of the Pacific Stockton, CA 1963–1974
Pacific Union College Napa Valley, CA 1994–2000
University of Redlands Redlands, CA 1969–1976
San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA 1964–1967
San Jose State University San Jose, CA 1948–1974
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 1936–1974

Region III (Southwestern United States)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ October 23, 1959
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ May 3, 1952
Brigham Young University Provo, UT May 21, 1947
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV May 3, 1999
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM September 14, 1973
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, NM May 20, 1965
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM April 27, 2000
University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT June 2, 1939
Institution Location Years Active
Colorado State University Colorado Springs, CO 1965–2012
Eastern New Mexico University Portales, NM 1973–1990
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ 1950–2004
Utah State University Logan, UT 1961–1976
Western New Mexico University Silver City, NM 1982–1994
Westminster College Salt Lake City, UT 1983–1992

Region IV (Midwestern United States)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Baker University Baldwin City, KS October 7, 1979
Dakota State University Madison, SD September 18, 2006
Emporia State University Emporia, KS December 11, 1998
Grand View University Des Moines, IA October 10, 1983
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA May 5, 1945
Iowa State University[3] Ames, IA June 4, 1947
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS February 20, 1957
Morningside College Sioux City, IA April 16, 1967
University of Nebraska–Lincoln[4] Lincoln, NE May 21, 1960
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE May 5, 1984
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND May 23, 1930
North Dakota State University Fargo, ND September 30, 1964
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA September 14, 1982
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS May 11, 2012
University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD May 21, 1930
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD October 28, 1995
St. Ambrose University Davenport, IA December 11, 1967
Wartburg College Waverly, IA March 31, 2001
Institution Location Years Active
Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA 1972–1992
Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND 1996–2006
Doane College Crete, NE 1949–2010
Drake University Des Moines, IA 1957–1992
Fort Hays State University Hays, KS 1958–2010
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha, NE 1949–2011
Northern State University Aberdeen, SD 1990–2010
Wichita State University Wichita, KS 1969–2008

Region V (Great Plains)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Arkansas State University Jonesboro, AR June 12, 1960
Cameron University Lawton, OK October 30, 1985
Culver–Stockton College Canton, MO February 3, 1984
Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO September 29, 1963
Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO March 3, 1988
Missouri State University Springfield, MO September 20, 1982
Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO April 28, 1982
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, OK December 20, 1958
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK September 11, 1958
Oklahoma State University–Stillwater Stillwater, OK February 19, 1931
Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO February 5, 1984
Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO April 26, 2007
University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK May 29, 1948
Institution Location Years Active
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 1931–1994
Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR 1989–2007
University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO 1972–1995
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK 1974–2008
Drury University Springfield, MO 1951–1990
Harding University Searcy, AR 1992–2010
University of Missouri Columbia, MO 1926–2003
University of Oklahoma Norman, OK 1927–1993
Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO 1988–1994
Truman State University Kirksville, MO 1990–2007
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 1931–1974

Region VI (Illinois)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Aurora University Aurora April 20, 1991
Eastern Illinois University Charleston April 10, 1999
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Champaign March 22, 1923
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago April 17, 1967
McKendree University Lebanon April 24, 2014
Robert Morris University Orland Park June 6, 2013
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville June 1, 1982
Western Illinois University Macomb April 27, 1973
Institution Location Years Active
Bradley University Peoria 1951–2006
DePaul University Chicago 1962–1986
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago 1948–1994
Illinois State University Normal 1965–2007
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington 1967–2010
Lake Forest College Lake Forest 1926–1968
Northern Illinois University DeKalb 1966–2009
Northwestern University Evanston 1932–1997
Quincy University Quincy 1994–2012
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale 1954–1993

Region VII (Wisconsin)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire[5] Eau Claire October 6, 1966
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Green Bay March 16, 1992
University of Wisconsin–Parkside Kenosha April 13, 2003
University of Wisconsin–Platteville[6] Platteville May 23, 1960
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Stevens Point March 9, 1981
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Whitewater April 12, 1978
Institution Location Years Active
Beloit College Beloit 1948–1970
Carroll University Waukesha 1969–1986
University of Wisconsin–Madison Madison 1927–2010
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Milwaukee 1963–2009
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Oshkosh 1966–1974

Region VIII (Texas)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Abilene Christian University Abilene April 26, 1986
Lamar University[7] Beaumont May 11, 1968
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls December 5, 1975
St. Mary's University San Antonio October 18, 2005
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches October 7, 1980
Tarleton State University Stephenville April 29, 1981
Texas A&M University College Station January 5, 1949
Texas A&M University–Commerce[8] Commerce January 8, 1960
Texas State University San Marcos March 30, 1973
Texas Tech University[9] Lubbock May 18, 1946
University of Texas at Austin[10] Austin February 17, 1931
West Texas A&M University Canyon December 14, 1973
Institution Location Years Active
Angelo State University San Angelo 1968–1976
Baylor University Waco 1962–1984
University of North Texas Denton 1953–2003
Paul Quinn College Dallas 2004–2007
Prairie View A&M University Prairie View 1979–1992
Southern Methodist University University Park 1931–1990
Sul Ross State University Alpine 1991–1997
Texas Christian University Fort Worth 1962–1976
Texas Southern University Houston 2010–2014
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington 1977–1994

Region IX (Mississippi Valley)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Delta State University Cleveland, MS September 21, 1977
Dillard University New Orleans, LA May 8, 2008
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA May 22, 1932
Louisiana State University in Shreveport Shreveport, LA March 11, 1994
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA April 19, 1990
Millsaps College Jackson, MS December 1, 1981
University of Mississippi University, MS January 3, 1930
Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA May 14, 1971
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS December 11, 1950
Institution Location Years Active
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA 1961–2004
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA 1972–2007
Mississippi State University Starkville, MS 1935–2005
University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA 1967–2005
Northwestern State University Natchitoches, LA 1963–2010
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA 1989–1994
Tulane University New Orleans, LA 1954–early 2010s[6]

Region X (Southern United States)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL January 6, 1930
Barry University Miami Shores, FL April 29, 1994
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL April 29, 1989
Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA March 20, 2013
Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC December 4, 1990
College of Charleston Charleston, SC February 20, 2007
Edward Waters College Jacksonville, FL April 21, 2011
Emory University Atlanta, GA April 24, 1993
University of Florida Gainesville, FL January 11, 1930
Florida Atlantic University Miami, FL September 29, 1982
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL April 17, 1999
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL April 5, 1998
Rechartered January 27, 2015
Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL April 5, 1984
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL May 13, 1955
Furman University Greenville, SC May 12, 1982
Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA October 19, 1991
Huntingdon College Montgomery, AL April 22, 1986
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL September 25, 1980
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA April 30, 1984
Lee University Cleveland, TN September 17, 2008
Mercer University Macon, GA March 26, 1932
University of North Alabama Florence, AL April 21, 1973
University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA May 23, 1989
Oglethorpe University Atlanta, GA September 22, 1988
Rollins College Winter Park, FL February 7, 1987
University of South Alabama Mobile, AL April 12, 1969
University of South Florida Tampa, FL November 13, 1994
Stetson University DeLand, FL October 18, 1978
University of Tampa Tampa, FL October 21, 1973
University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN May 17, 1930
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN November 22, 1947
University of Tennessee at Martin Martin, TN May 27, 1974
Tennessee State University Nashville, TN May 3, 2004
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN December 8, 1950
University of West Alabama Livingston, AL May 8, 1985
University of West Florida Pensacola, FL November 22, 1985
Institution Location Years Active
Alabama State University Montgomery, AL 1987–2012
Armstrong State University Savannah, GA 1978–1992
Auburn University at Montgomery Montgomery, AL 1981–2001
Belmont University Nashville, TN 1996–2009
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham, AL 1956–2012
Carson–Newman University Jefferson City, TN 1971–2004
Clayton State University Morrow, GA 2005–2009
Clemson University Clemson, SC 1940–1992
Columbus State University Columbus, GA 1989–1994
Florida A&M University Tallahassee, FL 1987–2000
Gainesville State College Oakwood, GA 2011–2013[11]
University of Georgia Athens, GA 1938–2008
Georgia State University Atlanta, GA 1956–1994
Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA 1930–2007
University of Memphis Memphis, TN 1974–2010
University of Miami Miami, FL 1950–1994
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN 1998–2009
Morris Brown College Atlanta, GA 1983–1992
Oakwood University Huntsville, AL 1997–2004
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL 1997–2003
Samford University Homewood, AL 1972–1994
Spring Hill College Mobile, AL 1965–1996
University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 1966–2004
Troy State University Troy, AL 1974–1995
University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA 1973–1994

Region XI[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Anderson University Anderson, IN February 4, 1966
Bluefield State College Bluefield, WV March 19, 1990
Bowling Green State University[12] Bowling Green, OH May 1, 1954
Butler University Indianapolis, IN May 7, 1931
DePauw University Greencastle, IN April 19, 1929
University of Evansville Evansville, IN January 18, 1976
Indiana University[13] Bloomington, IN May 19, 1930
Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN April 22, 2012
IUPUI[14] Indianapolis, IN April 16, 1985
John Carroll University University Heights, OH September 27, 1998
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY December 5, 1946
University of Louisville Louisville, KY December 12, 1959
Morehead State University Morehead, KY May 5, 2007
Murray State University Murray, KY April 9, 1992
Ohio Northern University Ada, OH May 22, 1966
Ohio State University[15] Columbus, OH May 5, 1928
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH April 18, 1985
Otterbein University[16] Westerville, OH December 12, 1965
Purdue University[17] West Lafayette, IN November 9, 1948
Purdue University North Central Westville, IN November 9, 1948
Shawnee State University Portsmouth, OH April 9, 1996
University of Toledo Toledo, OH January 4, 1961
Trine University Angola, IN April 27, 1983
West Virginia State University Institute, WV April 27, 1986
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY September 11, 1970
Wittenberg University Springfield, OH April 3, 1938
Institution Location Years Active
University of Akron Akron, OH 1940–2011
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1933–1976
Hanover College Hanover, IN 1957–2003
Indiana University Northwest Gary, IN 1984–1995
Indiana University South Bend South Bend, IN 1981–2009
Indiana University Southeast New Albany, IN 1977–2012
Kent State University Kent, OH 1957–1974
Marshall University Huntington, WV 1949–2010
Miami University (Ohio) Oxford, OH 1928–2005
University Of Ohio Athens, OH 1936–1990
University of Pikeville Pikeville, KY 1983–2001
Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH 1989–1992

Region XII (Michigan)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Adrian College Adrian September 11, 1988
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant December 9, 1966
Institution Location Years Active
Albion College Albion 1949–1988
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit 1964–1980
Ferris State University Big Rapids 1964–1985
Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo 1965–1978
Kettering University Flint 1979–2010
University of Michigan Ann Arbor 1926–1978
Michigan State University East Lansing 1954–1976
Michigan Technological University Houghton 1954–1991
Wayne State University Detroit 1986–2004
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo 1962–1995

Region XIII (Northeastern United States)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Bernard M. Baruch College New York, NY April 22, 1993
Binghamton University Binghamton, NY February 5, 1995
University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY December 11, 1959
Castleton University Castleton, VT September 27, 1983
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA January 25, 1983
Colgate University Hamilton, NY September 13, 1982
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA June 4, 1969
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA November 15, 1983
Elmira College Elmira, NY October 4, 1990
Gannon University Erie, PA May 2, 1987
Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ February 7, 2004
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY September 8, 1996
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA March 20, 1999
John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY May 27, 1999
Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA May 15, 1930
Long Island University C W Post Campus Brookville, NY October 3, 1984
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle, ME April 20, 1982
Mercyhurst University Erie, PA April 28, 1986
Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA October 14, 1993
Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ October 18, 1987
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ May 7, 1952
New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY May 12, 2003
Penn State University State College, PA November 25, 1929
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA May 13, 1937
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Greensburg, PA April 15, 2000
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Johnstown, PA March 23, 1980
University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI December 18, 1979
Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT April 24, 2006
Saint Bonaventure University St. Bonaventure, NY September 25, 1999
St. Francis University Loretto, PA March 16, 2012
St. John's University Jamaica, NY April 3, 2000
State University of New York at Cortland Cortland, NY April 21, 1982
State University of New York at Delhi Delhi, NY September 29, 2007
State University of New York at Geneseo Geneseo, NY February 7, 1992
State University of New York at New Paltz New Paltz, NY May 15, 2005
State University of New York at Oneonta Oneonta, NY December 5, 1994
State University of New York at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY April 14, 1983
State University of New York at Potsdam Potsdam, NY November 10, 1989
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY December 8, 1987
Worcester State University Worcester, MA March 23, 1997
Institution Location Years Active
Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA 1939–2003
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1988–1992
City College of New York New York, NY 2007–2011
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 1961–1973
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, PA 1980–1994
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1955–1981
Moravian College Bethlehem, PA 1999–2009
Nazareth College Pittsford, NY 1995–2011
Rutgers University Piscataway, NJ 1986–2002
Pace University New York, NY
Pleasantville, NY
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA 1982–2007
State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY 1974–1996
State University of New York at Oswego Oswego, NY 1983–1994
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1962–1974
University of Vermont Burlington, VT 1983–2003
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA 1983–1994
Widener University Chester, PA 1975–2010
Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA 1994–2003

Region XIV (Mid-Atlantic states)[edit]

Institution Location Founded
Appalachian State University Boone, NC May 8, 1986
Campbell University Buies Creek, NC October 28, 1974
Catholic University of America Washington, DC June 1, 1929
East Carolina University Greenville, NC May 22, 1975
Elon College Elon, NC November 20, 1994
Emory & Henry College Emory, VA April 25, 2010
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC January 28, 1994
Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD December 8, 1981
George Washington University Washington, DC April 10, 1929
Lynchburg College Lynchburg, VA August 31, 1980
University of Maryland College Park, MD March 7, 1940
Morgan State University Baltimore, MD April 14, 1982
University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, NC April 10, 1988
University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC March 17, 1979
North Carolina Central University Durham, NC March 21, 1998
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC May 16, 1930
North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, NC April 25, 1985
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA October 3, 1998
University of Richmond Richmond, VA November 19, 1975
Salisbury State University Salisbury, MD May 15, 1983
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA March 4, 1990
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA March 4, 1990
Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA April 20, 1998
Virginia Wesleyan College Norfolk, VA April 22, 1983
Washington Adventist University Takoma Park, MD January 27, 1985
Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA May 2, 1937
College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA April 8, 1965
Wingate University Wingate, NC April 3, 1984
Averett University Danville, VA 1987–1997
Davidson College Davidson, NC 1962–1986
University of the District of Columbia Washington, DC 2009–2014
Duke University Durham, NC 1932–2005
Georgetown University Washington, DC 1967–1973
Methodist University Fayetteville, NC 1986–1994
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 1947–1995
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC 1983–2004
St. Augustine's University Raleigh, NC 1995–2008
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 1966–2006


1.^ Phi Eta Sigma at these institutions are coupled with Alpha Lambda Delta.
2.^ Gainesville State College merged into the University of North Georgia on January 8, 2013

References for this list


  1. ^ a b c d "Get the Facts About Phi Eta Sigma". Phi Eta Sigma. 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Phi Eta Sigma Scholar of the Year". Phi Eta Sigma. 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Phi Eta Sigma's Publications". Phi Eta Sigma. 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Phi Eta Sigma News". Phi Eta Sigma. 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Leadership in Phi Eta Sigma". Phi Eta Sigma. 2016. 
  6. ^ Tulane Undergraduate Student Organizations

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