Induction of New Members
New members of Phi Beta Kappa are inducted into the chapter in mid-March at a banquet and initiation ceremony. In 2014 this event will occur Sunday, March 30th in the Ballroom of the Festival Conference and Student Center.
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.|