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Alpha Delta of New York

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, celebrating and advocating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa's purpose as an honor society is to celebrate excellence in academics and integrity of character. This society exists because those who founded it believed, as we believe still, that there are achievements worthy of celebration: academic work of extraordinary quality, exemplary leadership, and research that advances human knowledge.

Geneseo's chapter annually invites for induction our most outstanding liberal arts students. We also sponsor activities on campus to increase awareness of the importance of studies in the liberal arts and sciences. The Alpha Delta Chapter at Geneseo was established in 2004.

About one college senior in 100, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Seventeen U.S. Presidents, thirty-eight U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and one hundred and thirty-six Nobel laureates can be counted among the ranks of Phi Beta Kappa members.

News and Upcoming Events

2020-21 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar Dr. Martin Gruebele gave the 2020-21 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture "The Long-Term Prospects of Science" on March 25, 2021. Watch the recording below:

Students Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, March 2020

88 seniors and 12 juniors have been offered membership in Phi Beta Kappa, after being elected by the chapter on March 9, 2020. Congratulations to all!

Happy Birthday, Phi Beta Kappa!

Thursday, December 5, 2019 is the 243rd anniversary of Phi Beta Kappa's founding, and we had a party to celebrate (and to provide a chance to introduce Phi Beta Kappa to our students).

Guests and cake and PBK 243rd birthday

2019-20 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Hazel Sive's visit has been cancelled. Look for the Phi Beta Kappa Lecture program to resume in 2020-21.


“Keys to Action” Week Award

We are very pleased that the slideshow we created to mark the 240th anniversary of the founding of Phi Beta Kappa and the 12th year of Phi Beta Kappa at Geneseo was recognized by Phi Beta Kappa as the most creative chapter contribution to “Keys to Action” Week 2016.