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The Board of the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association (PBKNCA) recently decided to offer three-year complimentary membership to new initiates. Membership benefits include:

Access to the ΦBK Northern California LinkedIn group of ΦBKNCA members only.
Quarterly newsletters mobile-friendly or printable PDF/Desktop
Networking meetings (small fee charged)
Conference at Asilomar Conference Center, Presidents' Weekend in February (fee charged)
Monthly events 
(fee charged) with other Phi Betes and guests. See the website at 

Free membership for new initiates in the Northern California Association for three calendar-years. 
Click here to fill out the membership form 

The Northern California Association invites you, as a new Phi Beta Kappa member, to join nearly 1000 other ΦBK alumni by offering you complimentary membership for one year. The membership is automatic; you will receive our email newsletters as they are published.

In addition, you are eligible to join our LinkedIn group, composed only of Phi Betes like yourself. If you are interested in joining this group, you must Contact Patricia Kenber, Third Vice President – Membership so we can authorize you to join.

You are also invited to attend our monthly events (unfortunately, there is a small fee).

So, what is the award-winning ΦBK Northern California Association?
It is one of more than fifty active Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations in the United States where you may continue to interact with Phi Betes from all over the country after graduation.

ΦBK Northern California Association brings Phi Betes together and promotes learning
The purposes of our Association are to recognize and encourage scholarship, to promote teaching excellence, and to provide social, educational, and networking activities for our members.

We provide Scholarships for graduate students
Our Association annually awards scholarships to outstanding Phi Beta Kappa graduate students selected from our eight regional schools with Phi Beta Kappa chapters.  Applications are available from the ΦBK chapter at the university from which you will receive your graduate degree. See previous winners here>>>

We honor great teachers – please nominate your favorite
You have just finished your college education. Did you have a teacher of any level in college who was an outstanding teacher or who made a special contribution to your development? We recognize outstanding teachers with our highly prized Teaching Excellence awards

Since outstanding teaching is what we honor, not research or publication, our honorees must be nominated by a student in order to be considered.   If you would like to nominate a professor who has inspired you, please fill out the nomination form. See previous winners here>>>

Having fun and networking with others is important, too!
We are one of the largest ΦBK associations in the nation.  We take pride in raising funds for scholarships and honoring outstanding teachers.  In addition, our members also want to have fun, and our younger members want to network.  Each year, we host a conference over Presidents' Day weekend at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove.  Throughout the rest of each year, we organize about ten special activities.  Events ( listed in our newsletters) and have included private tours of science and art museums, botanical gardens, research centers, wineries, and agricultural preserves.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Here are some pictures from recent initiations at our PBK schools

UCSC awardees June 2023

photo by Amanda Sanyal

SFSU awardees June 2023

photo by Amanda Sanyal 

SFSU zoom Screenshot 2022-06-20

  •  by Amanda Sanyal

UCSC awardees June 2022

photos by Amanda Sanyal

UCSC audience June 2022

2019 Mills College

Photos by Pat Kenber  

2019 Mills College initiates

PBK Historian Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker

and Abigail Choruby

PBK Historian Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker

and Katherine Klapperich

2019 San Francisco State

Photos by Amanda Sanyal


2019 University of The Pacific 

Photos by Pat Kenber            


2019 UOP keynote speaker

and honoree Matt de la Peña

UOP Chapter President Jennifer Helgren

and Moraima Arias

UOP Chapter President Jennifer Helgren

and Cassidy Johnson

2019 UOP initiates and Chapter members

2018 UC Davis

Photos by Clint Gilliland

Celebrating 50 Years: This Ceremony celebrates 50 years of Phi Beta Kappa at UC Davis. We honor our founder, Celeste Turner Wright.
We welcome Elizabeth Spiller, Dean of the College of Letters &: Science, and Phi Beta Kappa National Secretary and CEO, Fred Lawrence.


  • 2017 University of the Pacific


  • 2016 UC Santa Cruz and 2015 UC Santa Cruz

    PBK UCSC 2016-06-01 Alexander Grillo President PBK UCSC 2016-06-01 Initiates

    Mary Gilliland, President of the Northern California Association speaks to some new initiates at U.C. Santa Cruz 2015 

2013 UC Santa Cruz


2013 University of the Pacific


2013 Mills College and 2013 Santa Clara University

 Mills College 2013  Santa Clara University 2013



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