Love of Learning is the Guide of Life

Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education.

News & Features

  • The 2018 Summer Reading List is Here

    What makes summer truly great? Carving out time for leisurely reading, whether it’s by the pool, at the beach, on a plane—or even just in your own living room. The Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2018 Summer Reading List offers a selection of books that will deepen your love of learning and let you explore a wide range of subjects—from a vivid and suspenseful retelling of Homer’s Odyssey to a cutting-edge account of the latest research into autism.

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  • The Arts, Humanities and Sciences Need Your Voice Now

    Now more than ever, we must make the case about the value of the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa has the tools you need to make the case for the arts and sciences with local, state, and national policymakers. Find out how you can help spread the word and take action today at

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  • ΦBK’s Youngest Member

    At 14 years old, Tanishq Abraham is the youngest known Phi Beta Kappa member. Abraham completed high school at the age of 10 and then went on to graduate with three associate’s degrees from American River College before transferring to UC Davis as a junior at just 12 years old.

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Behind The Key

William Bialek (ΦΒΚ, University of California, Berkeley) is the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics at Princeton University and a former ΦΒΚ Visiting Scholar. An award-winning theoretical physicist interested in the phenomena of life, Bialek is known for his work emphasizing the approach of biological systems to the fundamental physical limits on their performance. His research has contributed to our understanding of coding and computation in the brain.