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Young Professionals


The Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley actively seeks to facilitate its young professional members, to meet and engage with each other in ways that lead to professional connections as well as personal friendships.  Among our programs, we offer a variety of self-supporting events that respect the schedules and interests of early career members.  Dedicated members of this group constitute the Young Professionals Advisory Committee (YPAC), which helps develop and carry out activities and events, for socializing, networking, and social responsibility objectives.

We also welcome members to join our Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley LinkedIn group, and follow us on Instagram



Our Basic membership dues are only $10 annually for the first three years after induction, and then only $25 annually thereafter. 

We welcome all members' ideas and suggestions of types and locations for gatherings or events with like-minded Phi Beta Kappa alumni that would interest you.  













PBK Career Advice Matching Program

PBK Delaware Valley has created an e-facilitated career advice matching program, using a simple online PBK Delaware Valley Career Advice Interest Form, which only takes a few moments to complete.  Any matches will be sent back by e-mail, for the pair to arrange communication plans.

There are no limits on being an advisor or an advisee.  Early career PBK’s can help someone breaking into their field, while those further along who want to change careers can benefit from connecting with someone to discuss a career change. Multiple Career Advice Interest Forms can be submitted if a PBK has more than one area of expertise in which to advise, or if a PBK is seeking information about more than one possible field.





Annual High School Book Award Program


Every year, the PBK Alumni Association of the Delaware Valley proudly honors outstanding area high school students who excel academically by awarding them with a hardcover book, which is presented to them at their high school graduation ceremony. This book is judged carefully by our Council as a book that will enrich and educate the students who have achieved such academic excellence.  


Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanna Simard, was chosen for the 2022 PBK Delaware Valley Book Award for the approximately 70 high schools participating.

If a deserving high school in our area is interested to participate in this award program, their contact person should contact PBK Delaware Valley at <> .  The counties in our region are:  PA - Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware & Chester; NJ - Camden, Gloucester, Burlington & Mercer; DE - New Castle.

Comments from a 2022 Book Award recipient:

"I want to thank...the entire Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley for this year's book award. I often enjoy spending time in nature, so I am looking forward to... find{ing a} connection with nature.  As I plan to pursue a career in public service, understanding the ways in which trees coexist and how that illustrates human behavior as well is important. I look forward to reading the book and all of the lessons that may arise from it."








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2022 Book Award Selection

2021 Book Award Selection

2020 Book Award Selection

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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars

The Delaware Valley Association is fortunate to have 11 college and university Phi Beta Kappa Chapters in our region.  The Phi Beta Kappa national Visiting Scholars program supports bringing eminent annually designated academic scholars as speakers to Chapters across the country.  

The Phi of Pennsylvania Chapter at  St Joseph's University hosted Professor Adriana Zavala in January 2022 for two days of talks and interactions, as a 2021-2022 PBK Visiting Scholar.  Professor Zavala is jointly appointed at Tufts University as Associate Professor in the Dept. of History of Art and Architecture, and the Dept. of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. 

She received her PhD in art history from Brown University and specializes in modern Mexican and contemporary US Latinx art. She is the founding co-director of the US Latinx Art Forum, dedicated to the art and art history of the US Latinx community.  Her first book, Becoming Modern, Becoming Tradition:  Women, Gender, and Representation in Mexican Art, a feminist study of Mexican visual art, won the Avery Prize from the Assn. of Latin American Art.  

Professor Zavala's current work includes a co-authored book about 20th-century Mexican intellectuals and visual artists who grappled with Mexico City's Aztec foundations to visualize a modern city informed by colonial maps, manuscripts and archaeological studies.  She also writes about Latinx visual art, race, and colonialism. Her curatorial projects include Frida Kahlo: Art Garden Life for the New York Botanical Garden with the accompanying catalog, Frida Kahlo's Garden. 

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