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We will soon be publishing our Directory of nearly 1000 members. If you are a Phi Bete, get information about joining now to be included!

You must be a member of the Northern California Association to sign up for these events (of course, your non-member guests will be welcome!)

Ten Scholars and Four Teachers Honored
Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

Join us Sunday May 7, 2017 when we next give these prestigious Awards to outstanding scholars and teachers

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 2016 were presented to:


Sarah Ackley, UC San Francisco, Epidemiology and Translational Science
Thinh Chau, UC Davis, Medicine (Norall Family Grant) (not present)
Jesse Cordes Selbin, UC Berkeley, English
Jacob Habinek, UC Berkeley, Sociology
Molly King, Stanford, Sociology
Jasmine Mote, UC Berkeley, Psychology/Clinical Science
Kerry Persen, Stanford, Political Science (Gilliland Grant) (not present)
Elan Portner, Stanford, Biology
Bronwen Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies (William and Adeline Hendess Scholarship)
Racheli Wercberger, UC San Francisco, Neuroscience (Elizabeth B. Reed Memorial Scholarship)

See the students and read about their accomplishments here

From 1982 through 2016, the Association awarded 303 scholarships totaling $1,128,600 to outstanding Phi Beta Kappa graduate students.

The Teaching Excellence awards for 2016 were presented to:

2016 teachers

Claude Goldenberg, Department of Education, Stanford University (not present)
Robert Goldman, Department of East and South East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Alessa Johns, Department of English, University of California. Davis
Justin Whittall, Department of Biology, Santa Clara University (Hasenkamp Award) (not present)

See the teachers and read about their accomplishments here

The awards were presented on May 7, 2016 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.