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Young Professionals


The Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley actively facilitates 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.

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

Our Basic Membership dues are only $10 annually for the first three years after induction, and then only $25 annually thereafter ($40 for two years or $50 for three years).

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


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PBK Career 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. 

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Annual High School Book Award Program

Every year, the PBK 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.

Uncommon Measure: A Journey through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time
, by Natalie Hodges, was chosen for
the 2023 PBK Delaware Valley Book Award for the approximately 70 high schools participating.

If a 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.


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2022 Book Award Selection

2023 Book Award Selection

2021 Book Award Selection

2020 Book Award Selection

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 Rho of Pennsylvania Chapter at Temple University hosted Professor Mark D. Hayward, a health demographer and population health scientist, in February 2023 for two days of talks and interactions, as one of the 2022-2023 PBK Visiting Scholars.  Professor Hayward received his PhD in sociology from Indiana University and is professor of sociology, Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts, a faculty research associate of the Population Research Center, and director of the Population Health Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. He recently served as the the president of the Southern Demographic Association, chair of the Aging and Life Course section of the American Sociological Association, and is the chair of the Sociology of Population section of the ASA. He has served on the boards of the Population Association of America and the Society of Biodemography and Social Biology. He is a member of the Committee on Population, National Academy of Sciences, and the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Center for Health Statistics. 

Professor Hayward's primary research addresses how life course exposures and events influence the morbidity and mortality experiences of the adult population. Recent studies have clarified how early life conditions influence socioeconomic, race and gender disparities in adult morbidity and mortality; the demography of race/ethnic and gender disparities in healthy life expectancy; social inequality in the biomarkers of aging, and the health consequences of marriage, divorce, and widowhood. He has investigated the fundamental inequalities in adult mortality in the US arising from educational experience, differences in these associations by race and gender, and trends in inequality in mortality. He is part of a national scientific team examining the role of federal and state policies shaping the growing inequality in life chances in the US adult population. 

Professor Hayward's public lecture during his visit at Temple was entitled, "Improving Our Nation's Health", in which he addressed why, although life expectancy in high-income countries has improved dramatically, the US has fallen significantly behind, with this divergence continuing unabated for over 40 years.  His lecture reviewed the ways in which growing social inequality in health, federal policies and the rise of New Federalism may have contributed to this adverse trend in US life expectancy, and highlighted the fast-growing geographic inequality of mortality among US states. Professor Hayward also hypothesized that politics has become a growing force in increasing an array of health risks for many Americans.

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