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Phi Beta Kappa (ΦBK)

Phi Beta Kappa (ΦBK) is a National Honors Fraternity for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Since that time, its rigorous and comprehensive standards have made election to it a premier sign of excellence. The Sigma of Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was created at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova in April 1986.

The Phi Beta Kappa standards reflect the highest ideals of liberal education at Villanova: education that is concerned with values and facts, as well as wisdom and knowledge; education that seeks freedom from ignorance, alienation, and inhumanity; that values intellectual integrity and tolerance over expediency, and breadth of scholarly achievement over specialized expertise.

Juniors and seniors who are candidates for a degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, whose academic achievements reflect the goals of Phi Beta Kappa, and who meet the following specific criteria shall be eligible for consideration for election to Phi Beta Kappa.

  • At least three-fourths of a candidate's academic work must have been taken in the liberal arts and sciences, as distinct from applied or professional work.
  • The Chapter chooses candidates with evidence of academic achievement that is of exceptional distinction, and gives weight to the breadth and the quality of the overall program of courses taken by each candidate.
  • Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is wholly within the discretion of the members of the Chapter, subject only to the limitations imposed by its Constitution and By-Laws. Fulfillment of the minimum qualifications does not assure election to the membership.

Stephanie Agresti ’21 CLAS

Amanda Atkinson ’21 CLAS

Natalie Bak ’21 CLAS

Chloe Benson ’21 CLAS

Austin Bergstresser ’21 CLAS

Erin Bogacki ’21 CLAS

Christopher Braganca ’21 CLAS

Crystal Brau ’21 CLAS

Catherine Brennan ’21 CLAS

Lilian Bui ’21 CLAS

Robert Bulka ’21 CLAS

Megan Burke ’21 CLAS

Declan Carolan ’21 CLAS

Michelle Charles ’21 CLAS

Kathleen Connor ’21 CLAS

Juliana Cosenza ’21 CLAS

Emily Cox ’21 CLAS

Michael Creighton ’21 CLAS

Julianna Cresti ’21 CLAS

Lana Davidoff ’21 CLAS

Samantha DeCarlo ’21 CLAS

Yeryn Do ’21 CLAS

Andrew Donofrio ’21 CLAS

Rylie Eisenhardt ’21 CLAS

Michelle Ferrer ’21 CLAS

Katherine Garmer ’21 CLAS

Abigail Gehsmann ’21 CLAS

Emily Gelormino ’21 CLAS

Corinne Gillenwater ’21 CLAS

Alexander Gustafson ’21 CLAS

Amira Guy ’21 CLAS

Connor Hayes ’21 CLAS

Makenna Higgins ’21 CLAS

Chloe Hillson ’21 CLAS

Rayann Jaryszak ’21 CLAS

Moira Jaslar ’21 CLAS

Tyler Kline ’21 CLAS

Corey Kuipers ’21 CLAS

Patrick LaBella ’21 CLAS

Grace Lange ’21 CLAS

Annelise Laughlin ’21 CLAS

Elizabeth Lyons ’21 CLAS

Michael Mackanic ’21 CLAS

Abramo Manfredonia ’21 CLAS

Alexandra Marasa ’21 CLAS

Julia Mills ’21 CLAS

McKenzie Mix ’21 CLAS

Kaitlyn Naughton ’21 CLAS

Derek Nolan ’21 CLAS

Casey O’Donnell ’21 CLAS

Katelynn O’Donnell ’21 CLAS

Francis Ochman ’21 CLAS

Zachary Ornstein ’21 CLAS

Christian Ostrowski ’21 CLAS

Kaela Panicucci ’21 CLAS

Shivani Patel ’21 CLAS

Alexandra Penzi ’21 CLAS

Michelle Phillippi ’21 CLAS

Ianna Pirozzi ’21 CLAS

Matthew Planchon ’21 CLAS

Allison Porzio ’21 CLAS

Kayleigh Purcell ’21 CLAS

Jack Riedl ’21 CLAS

Lauren Sage ’21 CLAS

Jessica Sardina ’21 CLAS

Stephen Scheidly ’21 CLAS

Victoria Schmidt ’21 CLAS

Alexa Schoeneborn ’21 CLAS

Jacquelyn Solomon ’21 CLAS

Shiyu Su ’21 CLAS

Madalyn Sullivan ’21 CLAS

Lauren Sum ’21 CLAS

Ryan Swope ’21 CLAS

James Terhune ’21 CLAS

Rahul Thapa ’21 CLAS

Shi-yu Tsao ’21 CLAS

Madeline Van Brunt ’21 CLAS

Christopher White ’21 CLAS

Brooke Wichterman ’21 CLAS

Sarah Wiik ’21 CLAS

Nicholas Woltman ’21 CLAS

Philip Yang ’21 CLAS

Bernard Zitzewitz ’21 CLAS


Anthony Berna ’22 CLAS

Aaron LeVan ’22 CLAS

Mackenzie O’Reilly ’22 CLAS

Sofia Leone ’22 CLAS


Lynne Hartnett, PhD,
Associate professor,

Douglas Norton, PhD
Associate professor,
Mathematics and Statistics

For more information about Phi Beta Kappa, please contact the Office of the Dean at 610.519.4600.

Criteria for Phi Beta Kappa (ΦBK)

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Candidates must complete three semesters of work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and be fully registered for a fourth.