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June 2021

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Twelve Scholars and Four Teachers Honored. May, 2021

Awardees have made Videos of their “Annual Meeting Talks”

The videos are now available on our website. Go to, then use the menu bar at the top, click on Scholarship, or Teaching. There are links by most awardees that go to the YouTube videos.

From the President

As I begin my twelfth year as President of Phi Beta Kappa – Northern California Association, I thank the membership for its confidence in me. I have enjoyed serving ΦBKNCA these past terms and look forward to an equally pleasant experience in 2021-22.

Our Board this coming year consists entirely of returning officers and chairs. I am pleased that all were willing to “re-up” for another term. These people are a delightful group with whom to associate and they make my job very easy, as they do all the work! The 2021-22 Nominating Committee consists of six members: Judy Hardardt– Chair, Elizabeth Archambeault, Gerald Richards, Maria Norall
, Megan Carlucci, Megan Winkelman, and O'Neil Dillon. If you should feel a yen to participate in the governance of ΦBKNCA, please contact one of these people to discuss the various openings we may have in the future.

I thank our Program Chair, O’Neil Dillon, for creating “no contact” programs for us during this COVID-19 pandemic. He is getting us involved in Zoom - helping members set up book clubs and presenting talks and honest information about the pandemic.

This spring we awarded $7500 scholarships to twelve graduate students from four universities in our region. We also gave four Teaching Excellence Awards to faculty members from two different campuses; these professors were nominated by former students for their outstanding abilities. It is not too early to nominate a teacher who had a great impact on your life for the 2022 TE Award; see the Teaching Excellence Awards section on page two.

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President’s Letter


Scholarship awardees


Teaching Excellence


Unfortunately, the pandemic forced us again to cancel our Annual Awards Luncheon, but Communications Officer Ray Hendess has reached out to the awardees, asking them to create videos in lieu of their talks at the luncheon. These videos are available on the Scholarship and Teaching Excellence pages of our website

Funds for our scholarships and awards come from your membership fees and gifts (all fully tax-deductible), also from any contribution for our online events. We thank you.

We also plan to resume our Presidents’ Day weekend event at Asilomar in 2022. Deirdre Frontczak and her team are working diligently to provide us with another great set of speakers and social events; put 18-21 February 2022 on your calendars NOW! (Further information will be upcoming.)

Mary Turner Gilliland, President 2011-21

Scholarship Awards 2021


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

Jerika Barron, UC San Francisco, Biomedical Sciences (Norall award

Gil Breger, UC Berkeley, Near Eastern Studies

Tal (Tali) Caspi, UC Davis, Ecology

Lewis Esposito, Stanford, Linguistics (Gilliland award)

Iris Holzer, UC Davis, Soils and Biogeochemistry

Jonathan Lear, UC Berkeley, History

Claire Magnani, UC Berkeley, Chemistry (Hendess award