Membership is prestigious and recognized across industries as a mark of excellence, breadth of knowledge, hard work, and leadership potential. Seventeen U.S. Presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and more than 130 Nobel Laureates have been inducted as members, along with authors, diplomats, athletes, researchers, actors, and business leaders.
An Exclusive Honor
Only about the top 10% of students from only 10% of the nation’s colleges and universities – provides a competitive edge in the marketplace as employers, as well as graduate and professional programs, recognize the importance of the credential. Those invited to join Phi Beta Kappa truly are “the best of the best.”
UWM’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa – the Eta Chapter – celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, and we are one of only two chapters in the UW System. Milwaukee and Madison are the only two public university chapters in Wisconsin.
Congratulations to Donn Haglund, Professor Emeritus of Geography and founding member of the Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at UWM. Professor Haglund will receive this year’s Lowell Thomas Award, the Explorers Club’s highest honor. Previous recipients include Carl Sagan, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sir Edmund P. Hillary, and Sir David Attenborough.