For immediate release March 07, 2017

The Phi Beta Kappa Society to Partner with the March for Science

WASHINGTON, DC — The Phi Beta Kappa Society announced today that it will partner with the March for Science, a nonpartisan movement that is organizing events around the country on April 22 to champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.

Founded in 1776 with a mission driven by a pursuit of individual freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience and creative endeavor through liberal education and intellectual fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa endorses the principles of the March for Science. Phi Beta Kappa strongly agrees with the March that “science is not a field that should be understood only by a small few -- every person, from every background, deserves an education that encourages scientific learning alongside the arts and humanities.” 

Phi Beta Kappa’s decision to partner with the March reflects a shared commitment that science is a vital component of a healthy democracy, and that all scientists should have the freedom to pursue their research and communicate its results freely without misrepresentation, distortion or fear of retribution. Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and CEO of Phi Beta Kappa said “for 240 years, Phi Beta Kappa has championed the arts and sciences, believing that free inquiry is essential for meaningful individual lives and for a productive and thriving society. The values of the March for Science are fully in keeping with our historic mission and we are honored to be a partner.”

Phi Beta Kappa plans to provide resources and information for members, chapters and alumni associations that wish to participate in the March, either in Washington, D.C., or one of the hundreds of other locations across the nation.


About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, almost 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 130 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit