Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society

Lambda of Illinois Chapter of IWU, Chartered in 2001

Open Call for Applications: IWU's PBK  LIBERAL ARTS SCHOLAR AWARD for 2017

The Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award fosters and celebrates student research that “engages, translates, and bridges academic disciplines and/or crosses traditional academic boundaries.”

Applicants for this award submit a research paper, a senior seminar paper, honors research paper, or senior-level independent research paper; a work of art, composition, film, collection of poetry or research that stems from experiential learning. This year there is a $100 prize for the award, to be split if there are multiple winners.

Any IWU senior or December 2016 graduate is eligible to apply for this award.  Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is not required.

The award-winning project(s) and other excellent submissions will be published in CrissCross: IWU Lambda Chapter’s on-line journal of interdisciplinary work.

To apply, please submit the interdisciplinary project in digital form via email to Prof. Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy ( In the body of the message, please write a brief abstract of your work, with special attention to explaining its interdisciplinary character. Please also attach a completed copy of this release form that will allow us to publish your work in CrissCross. 

Deadline for submissions is Reading Day: Wednesday, April 26, 2017. 


New members of PBK were inducted at the 17th Annual Initiation Ceremony, on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm, in Evelyn Chapel. Click here for pictures from previous years' ceremonies.



If you are an IWU student who was just invited to join PBK, click here for instructions on how to accept your invitation online.

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