The Honor Society of Phi Beta Kappa


Induction of New Members

New members of Phi Beta Kappa are inducted into the chapter in March at a banquet and initiation ceremony. In 2015 this event will occur Sunday, March 29th in the Ballroom of the Festival Conference and Student Center.

Induction Ceremony, March 2011

Honors Luncheon

In April Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi co-sponsor a luncheon to honor best thesis nominees and finalists for prestigious national scholarships, and to thank thesis advisors and thesis competition judges. The winners of the best thesis competition are announced at this luncheon.

Best Thesis Award

Also in April, a panel of judges formed by the members of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi at JMU choose the two best honors theses from a pool nominated from each major. The winners are announced at the honors luncheon and recognized at graduation. The winners each receive a check for $500. Past winners are listed below.

Past Best Thesis Award Winners

2013 Jessica Andrea Holland (Biology), The Interaction of the Lethal Fungal Pathogen Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis and Combinations of Anti-Bd bacterial Species.
2012 Matthew Wallace (Biology), Topographic and Patterned Axonal Projections in Control and Mutant Ephrin-B2 Mice Prior to the Onset of Hearing.
2011 Dallas Joder (Mathematics), Meta-Analysis of Salmonella eneterica stpA and hns Microarray Experiments.