Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honors society. (Founded December 5, 1776)
Tau of Pennsylvania 2017 Induction Ceremony and Reception
The Tau of Pennsylvania Chapter at Ursinus College was installed as a Chapter of the Society on March 29, 1992. The annual induction ceremony will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Bomberger Auditorium. All are welcome.
The reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater, Kaleidoscope. Please respond by Friday, May 5, 2017 using the RSVP form found on this page.
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What is Phi Beta Kappa?
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most respected academic honor society in the United States, having been established at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa signifies excellence in one’s entire academic experience as an undergraduate. Furthermore, only a small fraction of all colleges and universities in the US possess a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Election of members is also limited to no more than fifteen percent of any senior class, with no more than twenty percent of these students having been elected during the junior year.
Who is eligible for nomination?
Junior students with a Grade Point Average at or above 3.75 and senior students with GPA at or above 3.50 are eligible for nomination and thus consideration for Phi Beta Kappa.
How are new members nominated and selected for induction at Ursinus?
Each year the Tau Chapter solicits nominations from faculty and staff. A committee of Chapter members then reviews student records and makes recommendations to the entire Tau Chapter as to which students it recommends for membership. The Tau Chapter considers these recommendations and additional students brought forth independently by Chapter members. This meeting results in the list of students who are offered membership in the Society by the Tau of Pennsylvania at Ursinus College.
In what activities does the Tau Chapter engage?
Along with election and initiation of new members each year, the Tau Chapter supports the John Moore Wickersham Sophomore Book Award. This award, in the form of a book and certificate, is presented at the initiation each spring to the sophomore(s) with the highest GPA after 3 semesters at Ursinus College. Occasionally, the Chapter invites Phi Beta Kappa scholars to speak at events open to the entire campus.
Class of 2017
Class of 2017 (elected as Juniors):
Juniors elected in 2017
Sophomore book prize winners:
- Associate Professor of Politics
- Professor of Politics
- Professor of Politics, Chair
- Samuel H. and Anna M. Hess Professor of Chemistry
- Professor of Psychology/Department Chair
- Professor of History
- Assistant Professor
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion/Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement
- Professor of Theater/Chair of the Department
- Professor of English
- Associate Professor of Education and Assistant Dean of the College
- David Laucks Hain Professor of Chemistry
- Assistant Professor of Biology
- Associate Professor and Department Chair of History
- Assistant Professor of Theater
- Associate Professor of Physics/ CIE Coordinator
- Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies
- Professor of English
- Assistant Professor of Psychology
Erin Stroble, Athletics
A Curtis Allen
Bobby Fong (RIP)
C. Dallett Hemphill (RIP)
Richard King (RIP)
John Moore Wickersham