Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. It is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national honors society. Only the most outstanding undergraduates at America’s leading colleges and universities who meet the Society’s rigorous and comprehensive standards are elected to membership each year.

Welcome Message

PBK Initiates,

To be selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa is an extraordinary accomplishment and on behalf of the entire UCI community let me just say that we extend to you our most heartfelt congratulations.

UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman

PBK Member

Through its long and distinguished history, dating back to the founding of the United States of America, PBK has stood for excellence in the arts, humanities, and sciences.  At UC Irvine, we endeavor to carry on this rich tradition by bringing scholars together and celebrating their work through our Fall Social, Visiting Scholar lectures, scholarships, and the new PBK Book Awards.  We look forward to your joining us at many of our events this coming year.

Susan King, Professor of Chemistry

2023-24 PBK Mu Chapter President


Though you may have been asked to join other honor societies, discover why Phi Beta Kappa is the most prestigious.


Discover the rich history of the oldest, best-known, and most prestigious of all undergraduate academic honor societies.

Contact Us

The UCI PBK Office is located on the fifth floor of the Science Library in the Student Excellence Center.

Support PBK

Support PBK’s mission of celebrating academic excellence and advocating for the liberal arts and sciences.

PBK Member Spotlight:

January 2023

In my junior year of high school, I wrote a paper about gerrymandering that really opened my eyes about the importance of the issue for ensuring fair representation. After an initial unsuccessful foray into local redistricting during my senior year of high school, I took a political science course with Dr. Grofman and met Dr. Cervas, Dr. Grofman’s graduate student research assistant at the time.

Zachary Griggy

2022 PBK Inductee

Upcoming Events Highlight

Visiting Scholar Program

Meet our next PBK Visiting Scholar, Prof. Natalia Molina, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Dean’s Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Click here for more information!

Mu Chapter Executive Board

Meet the Phi Beta Kappa Mu Chapter’s executive board members

PBK President

PBK Vice President

PBK Secretary (TBD)

PBK Historian

PBK Treasurer