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32nd Annual Asilomar Retreat February 16-19, 2018

Past attendees describe the event as a much-needed renewal for body, mind and soul. Where else can friends meet for provocative talks with leading scholars and artists, while relaxing in world-class architectural gems and hiking the stunning Monterey coast?  A preview of this year’s plans is here



Ten Scholars and Three Teachers Honored
Sunday May 7, 2017 at the Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

In fulfillment of its mission to encourage scholarship and research, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association is honoring the following outstanding Phi Beta Kappa graduate students with $7,500 scholarship awards to assist them in completing their educational objectives:

The Scholarship awards for 2017 were presented to:

Joseph Albernaz, UC Berkeley, English
Rebecca Andersen, UC San Francisco, Developmental and Stem Biology
Laura Bogar, Stanford University, Biology [Ecology and Evolution] (William and Adeline Hendess Scholarship) - Presenting at Asilomar
Amanda Jacobson, Stanford University, Microbiology and Immunology
Jay Jefferson, UC Davis, Animal Behavior (Norall Scholarship)
Joseph Kellner, UC Berkeley, History
Jason Klocek, UC Berkeley, Political Science - Presenting at Asilomar
Rebecca Ora, UC Santa Cruz, Film and Digital Media (Elizabeth B. Reed Memorial Scholarship)
Elizabeth Thelen, UC Berkeley, History (Gilliland award)
Seth Werfel, Stanford University, Political Science

2017 Scholarship Awardees

See the students and read about their accomplishments here

From 1982 through 2017, the Association awarded 313 scholarships totaling $1,203,600 to outstanding Phi Beta Kappa graduate students.

Scholarship Committee members: Joanne Sandstrom (Chair), Jeff Fenton, Lynne Fovinci, Julie Fuchs, Jean James


The Teaching Excellence awards for 2017 were presented to:

K. Alexa Koenig, School of Law, UC Berkeley (Hasenkamp Award)
Mary Beth Mudgett, Department of Biology, Stanford University
Jennifer E. Smith, Department of Biology, Mills College

2017 Teaching Excellence Awardees

See the teachers and read about their accomplishments here

Teaching Excellence Committee members: Narcinda Lerner (Chair) Kimberly Aguilar, Byan Phan, Stanlee Weiss, Megan Winkelman


The awards were presented on May 7, 2017 in the Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, at our Annual Dinner. On that occasion we celebrated our primary mission: providing scholarships and teaching awards to deserving scholars and professors to recognize and enhance their educational and research activities.