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 most recent induction ceremony was held virtually on May 8, 2020.

We welcomed 59 new members (5 of them pictured here).

Congratulations to our new inductees!

Gianna Damico.

Gianna Damico
Anthropology BA
Fine Art BFA - General Studio
 

Glenmarie Lim.

Glenmarie Lim
Psychology BA
Sociology BA

Amit Blonder.

Amit Blonder
Computer Science BS
 

Alyssa Reese.

Alyssa Reese
Biomedical Science BS
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Legal Studies
Spanish minor

Julia Scott.

Julia Scott
Speech and Hearing Science BA
Spanish BA