University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William & Mary by a group of students dedicated to the culture of the intellect for its own sake. Students elected by Eta Chapter of Maryland, which is sheltered on the UMBC campus, and its 270 colleague chapters are considered to have given evidence that they share that dedication and show promise of pursuing that intellectual culture for the remainder of their lives. In reviewing potential candidates for election, the chapter seeks to identify those who, because they enjoy the rigor of intellectual challenge and are assuaging an unbounded curiosity, have pursued a broad curriculum of liberal studies well beyond minimal institutional requirements.
Eta of Maryland of Phi Beta Kappa announced the following criteria to be used during the academic year 2007-2008 in selecting candidates for election to membership in course. It is emphasized that these are the minimum criteria only for consideration for election and that meeting all of these criteria does not guarantee election.
There is no formal application process for UMBC students who wish to become members of Phi Beta Kappa. Rather, all UMBC undergraduates are considered for possible election at the time of their graduation. The Induction Ceremony for students elected to membership in Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is held annually in May; it includes all students elected during the previous year.
Professor John Pinkston
Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Professor Robert Deluty
Department of Psychology
Michele Wolff, Director
The Shriver Center
Professor James Grubb (acting)
Department of History
Professor Jay Freyman
Department of Ancient Studies
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