Induction of New Members
New members of Phi Beta Kappa are inducted into the chapter in March or April at a banquet and initiation ceremony. In 2016 this event will occur Sunday, April 3rd in the Ballroom of the Festival Conference and Student Center at 6 pm.
Research and Scholarship Support Grants
Current JMU student members of our chapter may apply for grants of up to $1000 to support travel for scholarly activities or to present scholarly work at meetings, or for supplies needed to support their scholarly activities. Details about how to apply appear here. Awardees are listed below.
First Year Academic Excellence Pizza Party
Along with Phi Kappa Phi, in September our chapter invites students in their second year at JMU (both sophomores and transfer students) earning high GPAs the previous year to a pizza party. The goal is to recognize academic achievement and to alert students to the presence and purpose of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi at JMU. About 100 students usually attend. This fall the party will occur on September 15th.
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. The luncheon will occur on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016.
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.
Best Thesis Award Winners
|2015||Jacob Bosley (Political Science), Lexicons of Colonialism: A Grounded Theory Examination of Indian and Supreme Court Definitions of Sovereignty.|
|2014||Andrea C. Morgan (Art History), After Rembrandt: Captain William Baillie and Print Culture in Eighteenth Century England.|
|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.|
Research and Scholarship Grant Winners
|2015||Audrey Cannon (WRTC) wrote Crossing Language Barriers: Using Translation to Bridge Socioeconomic, Cultural, and Gender-Based Gaps, which translates a previously untranslated Spanish novel into English. Ms. Cannon’s grant supported travel to Mexico City to meet and interview the novel’s author Elena Poniatowska.|
|2015||Emily Pelto (Biology), received a grant to travel to New Orleans to present her thesis research at the American Society of Microbiology’s national meeting in May 2015. Her thesis is Identification of the Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome mec (SCCmec) Element in Viral Fractions from Environmental Samples.|
|2015||Victoria Price (WRTC), received travel funding for a trip to the Dominican Republic during spring break to do research for her thesis entitled Public Policy and Role of Literacy Within Societal Movements in the Dominican Republic.|