Visiting Scholar Richard Sylla

February 25-26, 2016, our chapter will host Visiting Scholar Richard Sylla, Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets, and Professor of Economics, New York University. He will give a public lecture, "Whatever Happened to Economic Growth?" on February 25, 7:00 pm, in the UC Davis Conference Center. 

To give you an idea of Prof. Sylla's areas of expertise, you can read his brief biography here, or look at these topics he offered for lectures or classroom and informal discussion with students:

1.     The U.S. Financial Revolution of the 1790s
2.     Lessons from Financial Crises
3.     Alexander Hamilton: A Reconsideration
4.     Whither the American Business Corporation?
5.     Is Modern Economic Growth a Thing of the Past?

Please visit to see all our event pages and let us know if you are interested in attending events. Contact Karen Olson or Nicole Seemungal with questions or for more information on Prof. Sylla's schedule.

We thank our campus co-sponsors for helping to make possible the Visiting Scholar lecture and other events: the departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics, History, and Economics, as well as the Graduate School of Management, the Institute for Social Sciences, and the University Honors Program. We also acknowledge and appreciate the additional support provided by staff in the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Arts Administrative Group. 

Visiting Scholar Program Information

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. 

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. The program aims to allow time for scholars to interact with undergraduates as well as giving a lecture open to the academic community and the general public. For more details about the Visiting Scholar Program, click here

Writing Internships

Phi Beta Kappa national office offers writing internships

The internship program is primarily for juniors and seniors majoring in the liberal arts or sciences who attend institutions where our chapters are located. Interns for the fall 2015 term will serve from August 15 to December 15 and prepare a minimum of six publishable articles (500-700 words each) for The Key Reporter online,

This is an unpaid, non-residential internship position. Interns will write and conduct research from their home campuses. In addition to being a good writer, you will need to be able to work independently and meet deadlines with a minimum of oversight and supervision.

Writing interns must pitch their stories to the editor of The Key Reporter for approval before a completed article is submitted.  Phi Beta Kappa does not guarantee that every article an intern produces will be published. Articles may be lightly edited at the national office, but if a piece requires substantial editing or revision, it will be returned to the author to resubmit.

Interns will receive full credit for their work. Each article published by the Society will include the author’s name, major, and institutional affiliation.

Those who complete the program will receive a formal certificate from the Phi Beta Kappa Society and may use the editor of The Key Reporter as a professional reference when seeking employment after graduation.

If you are interested in serving as a writing intern, please contact the Davis chapter secretary for application details (