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2021 news

Congratulations to our 2021 newly elected students!

Individuals have been emailed official invitation and acceptance instructions by Chapter president, Dr Dennis Barrett. For information on our process, and a list of 2021 electees, visit our Membership page.

The 2021 New Member Initiation and Graduate Celebration was held virtually Wednesday evening, June 9th. Check our Events page for event recording and more.

Service opportunities

Share and build your skills, while supporting the Chapter! We're seeking members to serve in one or more ways this year:

  • on the Committee on Members in Course, which reviews records and recommends undergrads for membership (busiest in April)
  • on the Honorary Members Committee, which recommends worthy faculty members based on their scholarship (busiest in April)
  • as our social media coordinator --we'd love a (student?!) member to take lead on documenting and sharing events and opportunities through our social media presence.

For more information or with interest, email

New to DU, but not to PBK?

Welcome! Members elected at other institutions are members of the DU chapter; and we'd love to let you know about our events and opportunities. Follow us on social media; and email us your name, and initiating institution and year.

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Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. ΦBK has recognized, encouraged, and connected scholars in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776.

The University of Denver Chapter, Gamma of Colorado, was chartered in 1940.

Please use the tabs above to explore our Chapter; and stay tuned for additional information on activities, public events, our history, and members.