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The Board of the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association (PBKNCA) recently decided to offer three-year complimentary membership to new initiates. Membership benefits include:
Pictures from some initiations are below

Access to the ΦBK Northern California LinkedIn group of ΦBKNCA members only.
Quarterly newsletters mobile-friendly or printable PDF/Desktop
Networking meetings (small fee charged)
Conference at Asilomar Conference Center, Feb 14 – 18, 2020 (fee charged)
Monthly events with other Phi Betes and guests. See the website at (fee charged)

Free membership in the Northern California Association
Initiates from 2019 receive three years (through December 2022)
Initiates from 2018 receive three years (through December 2021)
Initiates from 2017 receive two years (through December 2020) since you have already been offered one free year.
Initiates from 2016 receive through December 2019 since you have already been offered two free years.

Click here to fill out the membership form


The Northern California Association invites you, as a new Phi Beta Kappa member, to join nearly 1000 other ΦBK alumni by offering you complimentary membership for one year. The membership is automatic; you will receive our email newsletters as they are published.

In addition, you are eligible to join our LinkedIn group, composed only of Phi Betes like yourself. If you are interested in joining this group, you must Contact Patricia Kenber, Third Vice President – Membership so we can authorize you to join.

You are also invited to attend our monthly events (unfortunately, there is a small fee).

So, what is the award-winning ΦBK Northern California Association?
It is one of more than fifty active Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations in the United States where you may continue to interact with Phi Betes from all over the country after graduation.

ΦBK Northern California Association brings Phi Betes together and promotes learning
The purposes of our Association are to recognize and encourage scholarship, to promote teaching excellence, and to provide social, educational, and networking activities for our members.

We provide Scholarships for graduate students
Our Association annually awards scholarships to outstanding Phi Beta Kappa graduate students selected from our eight regional schools with Phi Beta Kappa chapters.  Applications are available from the ΦBK chapter at the university from which you will receive your graduate degree. See previous winners here>>>

We honor great teachers – please nominate your favorite
You have just finished your college education. Did you have a teacher of any level in college who was an outstanding teacher or who made a special contribution to your development? We recognize outstanding teachers with our highly prized Teaching Excellence awards

Since outstanding teaching is what we honor, not research or publication, our honorees must be nominated by a student in order to be considered.   If you would like to nominate a professor who has inspired you, please fill out the nomination form. See previous winners here>>>

Having fun and networking with others is important, too!
We are one of the largest ΦBK associations in the nation.  We take pride in raising funds for scholarships and honoring outstanding teachers.  In addition, our members also want to have fun, and our younger members want to network.  Each year, we host a confrence over Presidents' Day weekend at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove.  Throughout the rest of each year, we organize about ten special activities.  Events ( listed in our newsletters) and have included private tours of science and art museums, botanical gardens, research centers, wineries, and agricultural preserves.  Check out our homepage for more information.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Here are some pictures from recent initiations at our PBK schools

2018 UC Davis

2018 UC Davis Initiates
Photos by Clint Gilliland

Celebrating 50 Years: This Ceremony celebrates 50 years of Phi Beta Kappa at UC Davis. We honor our founder, Celeste Turner Wright.
We welcome Elizabeth Spiller, Dean of the College of Letters &: Science, and Phi Beta Kappa National Secretary and CEO, Fred Lawrence.

2013 UC Santa Cruz
  • At U.C. Santa Cruz



  • 2013 University of the Pacific
  • At The University of the Pacific



  • 2013 Mills College and 2013 Santa Clara University
  • At Mills College

    Mills College 2013
  • At Santa Clara University

    Santa Clara University 2013