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Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa has been one of the most respected societies in the world for more than 200 years. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Virginia. Within a decade chapters arose at Yale, Harvard, and Dartmouth. The Wyoming Chapter received its charter in 1940, and today 286 colleges and universities in America meet the strict qualifications for hosting a chapter.  UW faculty and administrators annually elect to membership fewer than one-tenth of the leading scholars of the senior class, candidates for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. In exceptional cases a junior may be elected. In addition to having a distinguished academic record, a student eligible for Phi Beta Kappa must pursue a balanced and broad course of study, which would include a foreign language as well as courses in math, the sciences, and the humanities. At least three-quarters of the student's course work must be in the liberal arts and sciences. Students are reviewed for eligibility and are notified by mail the spring of their election.  Students are not nominated and they may not apply.

Phi Beta Kappa promotes the ideal of a community of scholarship, and most years the Chapter sponsors a distinguished visiting lecturer for the entire university.  More details are on the web page of the national Society.

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mark greene

 We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Greene. Mark was the Director of the AHC from 2002 - 2015 and a PBK elected at Ripon College in Wisconsin in 1980.  Mark had been actively involved in the UW Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He had been instrumental in rewriting the bylaws and served on the selection committee for the Phi Beta Kappa Awards for Excellence in the Liberal Arts at Undergraduate Research Day since their inception. His contributions to the university and to his field were far-reaching, and he will be greatly missed by his Phi Beta Kappa colleagues.


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