• 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

Celebrate Phi Beta Kappa's 239th Anniversary with us: Wednesday, December 2, 2:30–4:00

Here is your chance to meet other Resident Members of ɸBK on campus. Please join us Dec. 2 between 2:30 and 4:00 pm for coffee and light refreshments, in Sproul 912. If you have questions or need more information, email phibetakappa@ucdavis.edu. The view is great—we'll see you there!

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar: Richard Sylla, February 2016

We are pleased to announce that Economics Professor and Visiting Scholar Richard Sylla will come to UC Davis in February 2016. Richard Sylla is Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets and professor of economics at NYU, as well as a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a fellow of the Cliometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focus is on the financial history of the U.S. in comparative contexts. Click the link to read Prof. Sylla's Biographical Sketch

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars travel to 100 colleges and universities each year, spending two days on each campus and taking full part in the academic life of the institution. They meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a public lecture open to the academic community and the general public. For more details about the Visiting Scholar Program, click here

Check back soon; we will post more details here about lectures and other activities, as the date of Prof. Sylla's visit approaches.

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.