Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honors society. (Founded December 5, 1776)
Tau of Pennsylvania 2019 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 Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater. All are welcome.
A dinner will follow at 6:45 p.m. in the Black Box Theater, Kaleidoscope for initiates and their families.
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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 2018
Kiss, Clara (elected as Juniors)
Warner, Solana (elected as Juniors)
Class of 2019 (elected as Juniors)
2018 Sophomore book prize winners:
- Associate Professor of Politics
- Associate Professor of Education and Assistant Dean of the College
- Professor of Politics, Chair
- Assistant Professor of Biology
- Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies
- Associate Professor and Department Chair of History
- Assistant Professor of Theater
- Professor of Physics/ CIE Chair
- Assistant Professor of History
- Professor Emeritus of History
- Visiting Creative Writer
- Assistant Professor
- Professor of Theater/Chair of the Department
- Professor of English
- Professor of Politics
- David Laucks Hain Professor of Chemistry
- Assistant Professor of Business and Economics
- Samuel H. and Anna M. Hess Professor of Chemistry
- Professor of Psychology
- Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Assistant Professor
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion/Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement/ Director of the Harold C. Smith Program
- Associate Professor of Psychology
Erin Stroble, Athletics
A Curtis Allen
Bobby Fong (RIP)
C. Dallett Hemphill (RIP)
Richard King (RIP)
John Moore Wickersham