Phi Beta Kappa Book Fund

This fund supports purchase of library materials for interdisciplinary initiatives in the liberal arts and sciences. Books, e-books, data sets or other one-time purchases will be considered. We invite applications from new or established interdisciplinary programs such as Justice Studies, the Marine School or the Sustainability Institute. Applications should specify recommended purchases and what particular aspects of the program will be supported. Please also indicate how many faculty and students are involved in the program each year. The maximum award is $500. Contact Dante Scala (, (603) 862-1519) if you are interested in applying for funds.

Edmund G. Miller Award

The Edmund G. Miller Award is given yearly at the Initiation Ceremony to the junior with the highest GPA who accepts membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

The Edmund G. Miller Phi Beta Kappa Fund was established at the University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc. through the generosity of Edmund G. Miller, Professor Emeritus of English. Dr. Miller was an active member of the Department of English from 1951 through 1987. Although his specialization is 19th century English literature, he is avidly interested in other eras, literatures, and arts. He remains profoundly committed to the principles of liberal education. Among his many activities at the University of New Hampshire, he was a founder and charter member of the UNH Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of New Hampshire, founded in 1952. His strong interest in Phi Beta Kappa led to the creation of this fund.

The purpose of this fund is to recognize excellence in the pursuit of a liberal education through the election of UNH students late in their junior year who have demonstrated superior academic performance. Financial need is not a criterion for the award.

The Secretary/Treasurer and the faculty leadership of the UNH Phi Beta Kappa chapter shall be responsible for the process of selecting the annual recipient of the award. Preference shall be for one award recipient each year, normally the junior with the highest grade point average will be selected, although the Chapter faculty leadership shall have the discretion to make adjustments in keeping with the spirit of the award.

Beta Chapter Award

The beta of New Hampshire chapter makes an award of a Phi Beta Kappa Key to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average who has joined the chapter. The award is presented during the Initiation Ceremony and was created by Professor Barbara Lerch.

Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Research Award

This award, presented at the annual Initiation Ceremony, recognizes an outstanding presentation in a liberal field made at the Parents Association Undergraduate Research Symposium, part of the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference. This award was initiated by Professor Barbara Cooper.