Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society

Lambda of Illinois Chapter of IWU, Chartered in 2001


New members of PBK will be inducted at the 15th Annual Initiation Ceremony, on Sunday, April 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm, in Evelyn Chapel. Family members of initiates are welcome to attend. See here for pictures from previous years' ceremonies.

Open Call for Applications: IWU's PBK  LIBERAL ARTS SCHOLAR AWARD for 2016

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 2015 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. Mark Criley ( In the body of the message, please write a brief abstract of your work, with special attention to explaining its interdisciplinary character.   

Deadline for submissions is Reading Day: Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  



Deadline for members in course (members inducted as juniors in 2015) to apply to join the PBK Liberal Arts Fellows Program is May 1, 2016 - . Access the application form here.  Please send completed application materials to Prof. Mark Criley at


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

PBK Lambda Chapter Logo

PBK Mission Statement

PBK April Newsletter

State of the Arts and Sciences

PBK Liberal Arts Scholar Award

PBK Fellows Program

PBK Members at IWU

Jim Dougan Friendship Award

Past Events

Crisscross: Journal of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Work