Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Beta Kappa members.
Phi Beta Kappa key.

"Love of learning is the guide of life"

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate liberal arts honors society in America. It celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — and also sponsors activities to advance these studies in higher education and in society as a whole.

Only about 10 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

Only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these colleges and universities are selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership.

Each year only about one college senior in a hundred, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.

At UB, minimal standards of eligibility for membership include:

  • An undergraduate liberal arts degree program, defined as a BA or BS degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences or the undergraduate degree programs of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Science.
  • Completion of 90 hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher; at least 60 credit hours must be from coursework taken at UB and not from another institution
  • Breadth in the liberal arts as shown by the number, variety and quality of courses taken outside of the major, including at least enough to fulfill the University’s general education requirements or their equivalent.
  • Intermediate proficiency in a foreign language, defined as demonstrated proficiency and/or the equivalent of successful college-level study to the intermediate level.

The University at Buffalo’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa selects its members annually in January. Students who are selected are notified in early February. A formal induction ceremony is held in April or May each year.

PBK Elections Committee:
Shelley Kimelberg (PBK ‘94), Social Sciences Interdisicplinary Degree Program
Jonathan Bonebrake (PBK ‘00), School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Donald Pollock (PBK '72), Department of Anthropology
Salvatore Rappoccio (PBK ‘99), Department of Physics
Randy Schiff (PBK '94), Department of English
Megan Stewart (PBK ‘05), Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony.

Our 2021 induction ceremony will be held virtually on May 7.

Congratulations to our new inductees!

  • Michael Joseph Alduino, Psychology BS
  • Gabriella Alexandra Andreani, English BA
  • Aleema H. Arastu, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA (International Studies)
  • Allyson Baio, Psychology BS
  • Rachel Theresa Bakowski, Dance BA and Geological Sciences BS
  • Christopher Pasquale Barone, Biomedical Science BS and Chemistry BA
  • Emma L. Benson, Political Science BA and Business Administration BS
  • Veronica L. Cali, Biomedical Science BS and Environmental Studies BA
  • Alaina F. Carman, Biomedical Science BS
  • Jay Hallian Carreira, Linguistics BA and Spanish BA
  • Aixin Chen, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA (Health and Human Services Early Childhood)
  • Teck Hwee Chew, Singapore Psychology BA
  • Christine Ying Hui Chiam, Singapore Psychology BA and Singapore Communication BA
  • Daniel Connolly, Computer Science and Engineering Combined MS
  • Marina Patricia Coriale, Psychology BA; Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA (International Studies); and Political Science BA
  • Michael Rafael De La Rosa, Mathematics BA and Economics BA
  • Rebecca Dingle, Linguistics BA and Asian Studies BA
  • Natalie Annette Doller, Political Science BA and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA (International Studies)
  • Asbel S. Fede, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA (Health and Human Services Early Childhood)
  • Maria Elena Fee, Psychology BA and Speech and Hearing Science BA
  • Noah Fence, Studio Art BA; Philosophy BA
  • Julianne Elizabeth Frey, Environmental Studies BS and Political Science BA
  • George E. Ghanatios, Biochemistry BS
  • Deborah Janelle Chiu Ling Goh, Singapore Psychology BA and Singapore Sociology BA
  • Jaymie M. Gotham, Psychology BA
  • Mia Leigh Hanson, History BA and Political Science BA
  • Max William Hernandez, Biomedical Science BS
  • Anupama B Iyer, Biomedical Science BS
  • Alaina Catherine Kenny, Biomedical Science BS and Psychology BA
  • Mobin U. Khan, Political Science BA and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA (Legal Studies)
  • Aneesha Moneesh Khanna, Singapore Sociology BA and Singapore Economic BA
  • Colin James Kistner, Psychology BA
  • Jun Yang Joseph Lee, Singapore Sociology BA
  • Kar Min Amanda Lee, Singapore Communication BA and Singapore Sociology BA
  • Yanyan Li, Mathematics BS
  • Kunjie Lin, Computer Science BS
  • Marissa Lynn Loniewski, Mathematics BA
  • Lauren Elizabeth Lotempio, Biochemistry BS
  • Shalena Louis, Singapore Psychology BA
  • Michael Joseph Luero, Psychology BA and Criminology BA
  • John Joseph Madsen, English BA
  • Ann J. Malcolm, Psychology BA; Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA (Health and Human Services Community Mental Health)
  • Austin D Marga, Physics BS and Mathematics BA
  • Sarah Rose Mason, Psychology BA
  • Sophie Catherine May, Political Science BA and French BA
  • Michael B. Mcdonald, Env Geosciences BS
  • Gina Rose Mersereau, Biomedical Science BS and Spanish BA
  • Shiyu Miao, English BA
  • Victoria Miller, Biomedical Science BS
  • Syazwany Mohamed Saleem, Singapore Psychology BA and Singapore Sociology BA
  • Katelin Emily Mrekva, Psychology BA
  • Nimish Manoj Naik, Biomedical Science BS
  • Ashlyn Oaks, Criminology BA
  • Michel Andres Padilla Mazzeo, Biological Sciences BA
  • Christian M. Palladino, Computer Science BS
  • Jenna Papaj, Biological Sciences BS
  • Ashmika Prasad, Singapore Sociology BA and Singapore Communication BA
  • Megan Elizabeth Raap, Psychology BA and Traditional Nursing BS
  • Breanna Ruth Rice, English BA and Psychology BA
  • Olivia Rose Rizzo, Speech and Hearing Sci BA
  • Eliza M. Roberts, Sociology/Law Combined BA
  • Jonathan Andrew Romano, Computer Science BS
  • Alyssa T. Ruminski, Psychology BA
  • Baltaj Sandhur, Biomedical Science BS and Psychology BA
  • Lucas Antonio Sepe, Biomedical Science BS
  • Mariam Ihab Shafik, Psychology BA
  • Kelsey P. Shapiro, Speech and Hearing Science BA
  • Eun-Ji Ester Song, Media Study BA and Psychology BA
  • Jenna A. Spaulding, Urban and Public Policy Studies BA and History BA
  • Carmila E. Stafford, Linguistics BA
  • Matthew T. Szczepaniak, English BA
  • Desiree Hui Tan, Singapore Psychology BA
  • Elizabeth Lee Taylor, Anthropology BA and Geography BA
  • Joshua Jay Tryon, Geographic Information Science BS
  • Sabrina Rose Turek, Biomedical Science BS
  • Chloe Tuyn, Economics BA
  • Finley Erin Vanhouten, Biochemistry BS
  • Cassandra R. Vecchio, Speech and Hearing Science BA
  • Nicole J. Waddington, Political Science BA and Business Administration BS
  • Celine Wan, Speech and Hearing Science BA and Psychology BS
  • Yingqi Wang, Psychology BA
  • Kangning Zheng, Psychology BA