On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard ’20 stepped up to the podium to deliver the reading during the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society

The Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association is one of the
largest and most active PBK alumni associations in the country

We support Phi Beta Kappa scholars pursuing advanced degrees in northern California and connect Phi Beta Kappa members at all stages of life through social and educational events throughout northern California. 

Twelve Scholars and Four Teachers Honored April, 2022

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 $10,000 scholarship awards to assist them in completing their educational objectives:


The Scholarship Awards for 2022 were presented to:

Feyaad Allie, Stanford University, Political Science

Daniel Friedman, UC Berkeley, History

Linda Kinstler, UC Berkeley, Rhetoric (Hardardt Award)

 Alan Kong, UC San Francisco Medical Doctorate (studying glaucoma), (Hendess Award)

Rebecca Nelson, UC Davis, Ecology

Ryan Page, UC Santa Cruz, Film & Digital Media

Elizabeth Postema, UC Davis, Animal Behavior

Maria-Fatima Santos, UC Berkeley, Sociology (Gilliland Award)

Hope Schwartz, UC San Francisco. Medicine M.D., (Reed Award)

Vannessa Velez, Stanford University, History, (Norall)

Sarah Wilker, Stanford University, Classics

Madeline Wyse, UC Berkeley, Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures 

The Scholarship Committee: Jeff Fenton, Lynne Fovinci, Judith Hardardt, Jean James, Joanne Sandstrom (Chair)

The Teaching Excellence Award, given to teachers nominated by their students, consists of a Certificate and a $1000 honorarium

The Teaching Excellence Awards for 2022 were presented to:

Michael Dylan FosterPh.D., Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Professor and Chair, UC Davis

Laura D. Guti√©rrez, Ph.D., Dept. of History, Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific 

Claire WatersPh.D., (Hasenkamp AwardDept. of English, Affiliated Faculty - Program in Classics, Dept. of French and Italian, Professor and Chair, UC Davis

Clancy WilmottPh.D., Dept. of Geography and Berkeley Center for New MediaAssistant Professor, UC Berkeley.

Teaching Excellence Committee: Andrea Braga, Melisa Lasell, Melissa Stevens (Chair)



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