How do I become a member of Phi Beta Kappa?
The St. Kate’s chapter nominates candidates for election in their junior or senior years (usually the senior year). We encourage interested students to check the membership requirements early in their academic careers for guidance on course selection.
How do the nominators find me?
Your records at St. Kate’s show most of what the St. Kate’s faculty and staff PBK members need to nominate you. The chapter secretary ensures that all those who may be eligible are considered. However, you should feel free to contact your advisor or a PBK officer to find out whether you are eligible.
How many are chosen each year?
The chapter can choose up to 10% of those seniors graduating in the liberal arts and sciences, depending on eligibility. We generally select 15–20 students.
Why should I become a member of Phi Beta Kappa?
Your membership shows your support of the liberal arts, lifelong learning, excellence in scholarship, good moral character, and freedom of thought and expression. Practical reasons include networking resources through local chapters and employer recognition of Phi Beta Kappa’s high standards for inclusion. Plus, initiation is a crowning recognition of your hard work, and connects you with a great history of Katies.
The following requirements state the national standards for selection to PBK, adapted as appropriate for the St. Catherine University environment.
Student candidates will have: