Phi Beta Kappa

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

Arinaga, Allison
Close, Samantha
Johnson, Kelly
Stephens, Dylan
Parikh, Devayu
Emick, Allison
Timon, Carter
Scharaga, Jordan
Bocanumenth, Danny
Lannon, Maureen
Koren, Mara
Torruella, Rebeca
Realbuto, Kimberly
McGill, Marcella
Kurey, Austin
Leipold, Brian
Ostrum, Jordan
Pellegrino, Jenna
Scalora, Vanessa
Schlegel, Luke
Connolly, Carolyn
Nagy, Mark
Kritz, Danielle
Barbine, Anthony
Schillinger-Brokaw, Ian
Renninger, Chase
Casarella, Jillian
Thomas, Brian
Terry, Vincent
Getty, Allyson
Holt, Thomas
Dee, Katerina
Mohapp, Stephen
Sanford, Veronica
Medina, Kevin
Upright, Angela 

Class of 2017 (elected as Juniors):

Alicia Baker
Dustin Brinker
Lauren Geiger 

Juniors elected in 2017

Kiss, Clara
Warner, Solana

Sophomore book prize winners:

Christopher Husson
Jordyn Karliner 

Resident Members

Erin Stroble, Athletics
Emeriti 

A Curtis Allen
Bobby Fong (RIP)
Nancy Hagelgans
C. Dallett Hemphill (RIP)
Richard King  (RIP)
Joyce Lionarons
Ellen Matthews
David Mill
Martha Takats
John Moore Wickersham