Phi Beta Kappa offers two essay prizes, the Elmaleh Prize ($150) for an essay in the social sciences, and the Humanities Prize ($150) for one in the humanities. Decisions are made in the spring, and students should submit their essays for consideration by the last day of class in the spring semester; senior theses are ineligible. There is no word count per se but essays should be fifteen or fewer pages.
Phi Beta Kappa awards three prizes for outstanding senior theses, also in the spring term. The Frederick W. Meier Jr. Thesis Prize ($1,000) and two Phi Beta Kappa Thesis Prizes ($1,000 each) are awarded for the best theses in any field.
Students or faculty may nominate a thesis (two copies), which must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement by a faculty advisor. For further information, contact Dr. Janet Tighe, 120 Cohen Hall, 215.898.6341, firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are not required to be members of Phi Beta Kappa in order to receive these awards. All submissions should be handed to the receptionist in the College Office, 120 Cohen Hall, by the last day of class in the spring semester.