Phi Beta Kappa - About Us

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To recognize, encourage, and connect scholars in the liberal arts and sciences at and beyond the University of Denver.


2022-23 Executive Committee

  • President: Dennis Barrett, PhD, associate professor emeritus, Biology (Delta of Pennsylvania, UPenn)
  • Vice President: Thomas Walker, PhD, director, Inclusion & Equity Education (Alpha of Louisiana, Tulane)
  • Secretary: Noelle Strom, grants and contracts administrator, Research and Sponsored Projects (Gamma of Colorado, DU)
  • Historian: Lindsay K Turner, PhD, assistant professor, English (Alpha of Massachusetts, Harvard)
  • Treasurer & Banquet Chair: Victor Castellani, PhD, professor, Languages and Literatures (Tau of New York, Fordham)

Additional members serve in a range of roles, such as event/initiative chairs, committee members, and/or active participants! Check our Events page and/or email us for upcoming opportunities that might fit your availability and interests.

Honor items & merchandise

Beyond a certificate to new members, the Chapter does not provide or sell PBK membership merchandise, such as keys or honor cords. Members can purchase directly from

DU does not have restrictions on members' wearing PBK honor items at graduation or other events. Review information on upcoming ceremonies at


The University of Denver chapter, Gamma of Colorado, was chartered in November, 1940. We are developing a summary of our eighty plus years; and welcome your contribution of notable members, events, images, and accomplishments.

National & Colorado PBK

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's first Greek-letter organization, and most prestigious academic honor society.

Colorado's other campus chapters and area association are:

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