Beta Kappa Chi Rating, Reviews and Requirements. Is it worth it?
What are the requirements to be in Beta Kappa Chi?
- Undergraduate students are eligible for membership if they rank in the upper fifth of their class and have completed at least sixty-four semester hours of college work, seventeen semester hours of which shall be in one of the sciences recognized by Beta Kappa Chi with a grade average of at least B in the science area and a general college average of at least B;
- graduate students are eligible if they have completed at least fifteen semester hours in one of the sciences recognized by the Society with a grade average of A in at least one-third of the hours and at least a B in the remaining two-thirds semester hours
What is the mission of Beta Kappa Chi?
- The purpose of this Society encourages and advances scientific education through original investigation, the dissemination of scientific knowledge; and the stimulation of high scholarship in pure and applied science.
- The essential reasons for its existence is the promotion of high scholarship in pure and applied sciences. Its ultimate purpose is the stimulation and motivation of intellectual growth and nurturing of quality leadership in the pursuit of scientific advancement.
What are the key benefits of being a member of Beta Kappa Chi?
- Merit for Federal employment. As long as the applicant meets the requirements as described in the job announcement, honor society membership may fulfill one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the Federal Service.
- Student members may qualify for internship scholarships with the Washington Internship Institute, The Fund for American Studies, The Washington Center of Internships and Academic Seminars, and The PhD Project.
Based on the information, here is our review:
Our first observation is: Today, BKX is composed of over 67 chapters with over 60,000 members. The BKX Bulletin is published once a year.
Our second observation was: In 1923, Beta Kappa Chi was founded by a biologist, a chemist and a mathematician at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. We believe this is an amazing origin story as well as proof that the meeting of the different minds can create great societies.
Our third observation was: The Society was started by students and is encouraging to note that they maintained their interest in the Society though it was manned nationally by faculty members of the various institutions.