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San Diego Collegiate Chapters


Nu Chapter at San Diego State University

Nu Chapter was established at San Diego State University in 1974. Check out their SDSU Phi Beta Kappa Website.

Sigma Chapter at the University of California, San Diego

Sigma Chapter at the University of California, San Diego was established in 1977. Look at their UCSD Phi Beta Kappa Website for local chapter events.

Phi Chapter at the University of San Diego

Phi Chapter at the University of San Diego was established in 2004. Please visit the newest member to Phi Beta Kappa chapters in San Diego here.

Collegiate Chapters Across the Nation

The Society has approved collegiate chapters at 270 American institutions of higher education.

Local Chapter Scholarships


Van Thanh Nguyen was awarded the $500 Epsilon Association Scholarship at this year's May 8 initiation to Nu Chapter of California. A 4.0 Physics major at San Diego State University, Ms. Nguyen graduated with her BS summa cum laude . After working in the summer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she has begun her studies toward a PhD in Nuclear Physics at Columbia University. She is currently interested in experimental neutrino work, and upon completion of her doctorate she hopes to do postdoctoral work at U.C. Berkeley, Caltech, or the University of Washington. She has studied German and hopes to visit Germany in the future. She is a ceramist and a poet and looks forward to a career as a university professor.

- E. N. Genovese, SDSU


Mark Schultzel was initiated by UCSD's chapter and is graduating with a major in General Biology and a minor in Psychology.  In the fall he will begin medical school at UCSD.  Mark has had a wide variety of experiences as an undergraduate.  He carried out undergraduate research in the laboratory of Dr. Milton Saier and continued to do research with him this summer.  He has been active in a variety of organizations on campus, including the UCSD Kendo Club, which he helped to found.  He has volunteered with both the emergency services and in the operating rooms at UCSD, and these experiences have led him to consider specializing in either orthopedic or neurosurgery as a career. In addition, while an undergraduate, he has traveled to many parts of the world and adheres to the Phi Beta Kappa ideal of being multilingual; besides English, he speaks Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.  After graduating with an M.D., he plans to volunteer some of his time with Doctors Without Borders or with UNICEF in delivering treatment to those who otherwise receive little or no health care.

-Kathy French, UCSD


New initiate Jennie Fong was selected by the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at the University of San Diego as the recipient of the Epsilon Association's New Initiate Scholarship.

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