• Professor Naomi Janowitz addresses the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa inductees in the Shields Courtyard.

  • Professors Margaret Ferguson, Naomi Janowitz and Jon Rossini welcome new Phi Beta Kappa students.

  • Two students doing the PBK secret handshake.

Upcoming Events

May 4, 2016 Induction Ceremony for new student members 

We look forward to meeting the newest members of our chapter at this spring's ceremony. See the facebook event page for details and to indicate your interest in attending. Check out our chapter's home page on facebook to find out more about the Phi Beta Kappa.

Past events 

2/25–2/26/16: PBK Visiting Scholar Richard Sylla

Economics Professor and Visiting Scholar Richard Sylla presented a public lecture, "Whatever Happened to Rapid Economic Growth?" on February 25, 7:00 pm, in the UC Davis Conference Center. He is professor of economics at NYU and Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets. His research focuses on the financial history of the U.S. in comparative contexts. Click the link to read Prof. Sylla's Biographical Sketch. During his two-day visit to campus, Prof. Sylla met informally with students and faculty members as well. See our facebook page for some of the event photos.

12/2/15: Phi Beta Kappa's 239th Anniversary

Our afternoon coffee on December 2 brought together Resident Members of ɸBK on campus. About 18 or 20 people joined us in Sproul 912, including students elected in 2015, faculty and staff. One idea generated was to create a facebook page. You will find us on facebook at UC Davis Phi Beta Kappa. We posted photos from our 2015 induction ceremony there and will share information about upcoming events. 


PBK National

August 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce that Nicholas Dias, a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis, is the recipient of a 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Writing Internship. The internship period will begin this month and continue through December 2015.

Nicholas graduated last year from the University of California, Davis and majored in Psychology and Communication. He’s passionate about using science to examine how each medium might best inform citizens of a particular democracy — and thus what that democracy’s ideal media system would look like. He will be moving to Argentina this month to explore, grow, and freelance. Read more about Phi Beta Kappa’s writing internships here.

PBK at UC Davis

Kappa of CA Board

  • Eric Rauchway, President
  • Naomi Janowitz, Vice President
  • Karen Olson, Secretary
  • Sharon Knox, Treasurer
  • Emily Albu, Chair, Committee for Graduate Fellowships 
  • Katherine Mawdsley, Chair, Eligibility Committee
  • Jon Rossini, Historian and Membership Committee
  • Margaret Ferguson, Past President
  • Richard Schwab, Past Treasurer
  • Barbara Horwitz, Eligibility Committee
  • Neil Schore, Eligibility Committee


PBK Northern California News

The Northern California PBK Association is very active, offering monthly events, frequent outings, lectures, excursions and an annual three-day retreat for members and their families. They also sponsor teaching excellence awards and several scholarships.    

In 2015 PBKNCA offered twelve scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to PBK graduate students attending Northern California universities.

Visit their website to see their upcoming activities.  

Graduate Scholarships - 2016 Application Deadline 2/12/16

Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California Association offers several graduate scholarships. Graduate students must be members of Phi Beta Kappa to apply. For more details and links to the application form, please see our Graduate Scholarship page. If you have questions, contact Emily Albu at emalbu@ucdavis.edu

Applications are due by February 12, 2016.