Mason Passes First Round in Phi Beta Kappa Process
Posted: May 25, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Robin Herron
Provost Peter Stearns has announced that George Mason passed the first round of a two-round process in its application for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus.
According to Marion Deshmukh, History, who is coordinating the application, chapter selections by the prestigious honor society are made only once every three years. Out of this first round, only 10 of the 41 colleges applying made the cut. Phi Beta Kappa representatives will visit the campus next spring to make a final decision. “Since we made this first cut, it looks very good,” Deshmukh says.
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society for liberal arts and sciences in the country, and only 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities have a chapter, Deshmukh says. Among the many factors considered in the selection process are the university’s budget, student SAT scores, library facilities, and athletics. To qualify, 10 percent of the faculty in the arts and sciences must be Phi Beta Kappa members, a level that George Mason has met.