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Virtual Invitations are out to 2020 PBK Electees!

Eligible students have been elected for 2020!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, elected students are being invited to join PBK through email only (paper letters will not go out).

If you have been invited to join, please follow directions in the invitation letter to complete membership the process (being elected is the first step, but you must formally join PBK at pbk.org to become a member)!

We are happy to answer any questions about the membership process–or about what opportunities there will be to recognize your achievement in coming months!  If financial hardship is preventing you from joining, please reach out to our Treasurer, Dr. Ken Foote (Dept. of Geography) (ken.foote@uconn.edu).  Please direct any general questions to the chapter Secretary: susanna.cowan@uconn.edu.

The following apply to all students who join PBK this spring

  • The PBK induction ceremony, which normally happens on Honors Day, will not take place; however:
    • Later this spring, we will mail membership certificates to all students who join.  These certificates will go to whatever address you use when you join online (at pbk.org), unless you tell us otherwise
    • We will communicate with you should an opportunity arise to recognize your achievement in any rescheduled graduation/honors ceremonies next year

To those elected to join: congratulations!

Joining Phi Beta Kappa is meaningful, no matter the circumstances.  The organization was founded by forward-looking scholars in 1776, during a period of great social and political turmoil.  Joining Phi Beta Kappa is both an acceptance of an honor for your academic accomplishments at UConn, and also an embrace of academic rigor and intellectual curiosity and expression.  Now more than ever, the commitment of scholars to work that expands knowledge across fields is critical to our collective global resilience.  Please join!

As expressed by the PBK national office:

We are especially mindful of the students in the classes of 2020 and 2021 who have earned the opportunity to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this spring.  We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that all 20,000 of these students are able to become members. Even if they will not have the same kind of festive induction that so many of us remember with pride, we can ensure that they receive this important honor. In a time where they will not have their senior recitals, sports contests, plays, and, most poignantly, their graduation, we plan to recognize them as the most accomplished students in the liberal arts and sciences across the country. 

Again our congratulations!

Please take care.

Your chapter officers:

Mark Boyer, President
Jaclyn Chancey, Past President
Rosa Helena Chinchilla, Vice President
Ken Foote, Treasurer
Susanna Cowan, Secretary
Ashley Robinson, Historian

Elections still on for PBK!

Officers of the UConn Epsilon Phi Beta Kappa chapter have decided to go forward with electing eligible students and inviting them to join PBK.

Current plans are to invite students who join in spring 2020 to the Spring 2021 induction ceremony on the Storrs campus (note: these plans may shift in coming months–as with everything, we are making adjustments based on the current situation and the plans of the University regarding the opening of campus and the 2020-21 academic year).

Time & Place Set for the 2020 Induction Ceremony

The location for the 2020 induction ceremony has been set!  The ceremony will take place Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre (main level SU) on the Storrs campus.

More details to come!

Note: elections to Phi Beta Kappa do not take place until the spring – all students elected to PBK will be invited to join in March 2020.

Time and Place Set for 2019 PBK Initiation Ceremony

Elections for new UConn chapter Phi Beta Kappa members have concluded.  Students who have been elected will be notified by mail and email in coming days and invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Students who join are will be formally inducted into PBK at the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony.  The ceremony will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in ITE C80 (lower floor) on the Storrs campus.

Time and Place Set for 2018 PBK Initiation Ceremony

Elections for new UConn chapter Phi Beta Kappa members have concluded.  Students who have been elected will be notified by mail and email in coming days and invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Students who join are will be formally inducted into PBK at the 2018 Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony.  The ceremony will take place Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Laurel Hall, Room 102 (main floor) on the Storrs campus.

Time and Place Set for 2018 PBK Initiation Ceremony

We’ve confirmed the details for the 2018 PBK Initiation Ceremony!

The ceremony will take place Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Laurel Hall, Room 102 (main floor) on the Storrs campus.

Elections for new PBK members are currently underway!  Once the election process has concluded, invitations to join PBK will go out. Once elected, students will be invited to formally join Phi Beta Kappa and attend the April ceremony.

Date for 2018 PBK Initiation Ceremony Set

The UConn PBK initiation will be Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union Theater on the Storrs campus.

Nominations for new PBK members will be voted on by the UConn PBK membership around the middle of the spring semester.  Invitations to join PBK will go out by late March.  Once elected, students will be invited to formally join Phi Beta Kappa and attend the April ceremony.

Honor cord pickup

New members who have not picked up their Phi Beta Kappa honor cords may do so between 1:00 and 4:00 PM on Friday, May 5, in Rowe 210. This also includes students who joined in a previous year and need a cord for Commencement this weekend.

Chapter meeting: Mon. March 7, 12:15-1:15

The Epsilon of Connecticut Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will meet on Monday, March 7 from 12:15-1:15 pm in Austin 413. We have some important items on the agenda, including voting for new Chapter members and for officers for 2016-2017. At a minimum, we need a quorum of 10 members to conduct business.

Please send nominations and self-nominations for next year’s officers to Veronica.Makowsky@uconn.edu by noon on Friday, March 4. The officers are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. Please note that Veronica will not be running for re-election as President. If you have any questions about these offices, please contact Veronica.

We hope to see you there!