"Phi Beta Kappa embodies the spirit which is historically that of the American College-that of liberal education... It is the purpose of a liberal education to establish close and sympathetic relations between the student and human thought in its wider expression. It appeals to the deep-rooted love of knowledge for its own sake, which is never absent from the human heart."

-An Address to Initiates of Phi Beta Kappa, Dean Edward Birge, 1917

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest, most prestigious academic honor society in the country, founded by students at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Alpha Chapter of Wisconsin was founded on February 2, 1899, and still bestows students the well-regarded and prestigious honor of Phi Beta Kappa membership. To see more information, please view our "Election" tab.

Excellence in Teaching Award Recognitions:

The Alpha of Wisconsin chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to announce its 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients. Professor Diane Gooding (Psychology) and Professor John Zumbrunnen (Political Science) will be recognized at the 116th Annual Phi Beta Kappa Induction and Banquet on April 24th at 4:00 p.m. in Varsity Hall at Union South.



American Academy of Arts & Science:

Congratulations to former PBK president and psychology professor Jenny Saffran on her election to the American Academy of Arts And Science. See article here.



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    National Secretary John Churchhill with Phi Beta Kappa members

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    Banquet Speaker Ryan Denu with Janet Batzli, recipient of PBK’s Excellence in Teaching Award

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    Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Display Table

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    2012 Initiates