About Phi Beta Delta
Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. Established in 1986, the society's goals are:
- to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities;
- to serve as a vehicle for the development of academic-based international programming;
- to provide a network on each campus of faculty, staff and students involved in international endeavors; and
- to extend this network to thousands of members in chapters across the country and throughout the world.
One of more than 120 chapters nationally, the Epsilon Delta chapter at George Mason University was founded in April 2001, at which time 83 members were inducted. This chapter has won the annual Outstanding Chapter Award for the Southeast Region 3 times -- in 2003, 2009, and 2013 -- as well as the national award in 2009.
are nominated to the society on the basis of academic achievement and participation in international educational activities. Student nominees are required to submit a statement explaining why they would like to accept the nomination, as well as to obtain a recommendation from a faculty member.