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Phi Beta Kappa: Alpha of Vermont

Chartered in 1848

Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776 at the College of William & Mary, is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious honorary society in the United States. The society recognizes outstanding performance in the liberal arts and sciences and derives its name from the Greek phrase Philosophia Biou Kybernetes: “Love of wisdom is the guide of life.”

The University of Vermont’s chapter—the Alpha of Vermont—was chartered in 1848, making it the eleventh chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. It has a rich history in its own right, being the first chapter in the nation to elect women and African Americans to membership.

Our site contains information for:

Undergraduates and their Academic Advisors. Including information on membership criteria and the Bogorad Award.

Graduate Students and Directors of Graduate Studies. Including information on membership criteria.

Those Elected to Membership. Including information on induction ceremony logistics and opportunities available to Phi Beta Kappa members.

Resident Members. (Faculty, staff, and students admitted to any chapter of Phi Beta Kappa who are now at UVM) Including information on service opportunities, events, chapter governance, and more.

Alumni. Including information on activities for alumni and support for chapter activities.

Chapter Officers elected May 2015:

President: Prof. Deborah Guber, Department of Political Science
Vice President: Prof. H. Amani Whitfield, Department of History
Register: Prof. Nicole Phelps, Department of History
Treasurer: Prof. Sue Dinitz, Department of English

Queries can be directed to Prof. Nicole Phelps at

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