University of California, Riverside

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Phi Beta Kappa: Iota Chapter


UCR's Chapter - IOTA

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) chapter, designated Iota of California, was chartered in 1964. UCR was the third campus of the University of California, after Berkeley and Los Angeles, to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The UCR chapter of PBK is currently housed at University Honors, and if you have any questions about PBK, please e-mail Honors Counselor Lourdes Maldonado.

Picture of Phi Beta Kappa Key Phi Beta Kappa may elect approximately 10 percent of seniors majoring in liberal subject areas of the arts and sciences. Scholarly achievement, character, and broad cultural interests are the bases for election by UCR's Iota Chapter. Grades earned in applied or professional courses are not counted in computing GPA. All prospective members must have the equivalent of level four (intermediate skill level) of a foreign language and some significant evidence of breadth through courses beyond those required for the major or by the student's college or other demonstration of academic excellence across a diversity of fields. Students in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences are strongly encouraged to take courses in mathematics, biological sciences, and physical sciences. Likewise, students in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences must have breadth beyond their own college demonstrated by taking courses in humanities, arts, and/or social sciences. A few students with exceptionally good records may be elected during their junior year.

To learn more, please visit the National PBK Organization's website.

ΦBK Writing Internships:  The Phi Beta Kappa Society annually opens writing internship opportunities to college juniors and seniors majoring in the liberal arts or sciences to serve as writing interns. Membership in the society is not required.  Students must be able to make a two-semester commitment to the program and to write a series of short articles on diverse topics for Phi Beta Kappa's website.  Students are encouraged to check the Writing Internship Website for deadline information.

Past University Honors Interns include:

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