In 2018, Young Professionals of PBKNY was created by Matthew Kriegsman to host events and initiatives to satisfy the preferences of young PBKNY alumni that were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa within the last fifteen years. The Committee works in collaboration with the National Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Phi Beta Kappa New York Association. We encourage recent inductees to join us, engage in leadership opportunities within the committee, and to become actively part of the greater Phi Beta Kappa community.

You can stay connected by signing up for our Monthly Newsletter here and following our Facebook page here.

Interested in learning more about us? To join, or to share new ideas and suggestions, feel free to message our YP Committee <>



Recent Graduate Essay Contest

Are you a recent graduate (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) that wants to share their story?

PBKNY is hosting an essay contest this summer for recent graduates. We want to hear about your experience!  Enter for a chance to win $500, be published on our website, and Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Key Reporter.

Deadline to submit has been extended to Sunday, August 9th at 10:00PM (due to power outages across the East Coast)

Essay Prompts (Choose 1):

  • How has this unique time changed your perspective, current, and future priorities?

  • How have you spent your time since graduation?  Has this differed from your expectations? Has this brought about any positive change?

  • What has graduating and being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during this time meant to you (and/or your family)?

  • What has being in higher education and being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during this time taught you?

  • What do you envision for yourself post-Global Health Crisis (travel, school, family planning, new job, etc.)?


A recent graduate submitting an essay should be a registered PBKNY member (the first year following Phi Beta Kappa induction is free). Click here to go to the PBKNY registration page.

Questions? Reach out to the Young Professionals Committee

Update: We are in the process of reviewing essays and will be in touch with each applicant soon.  Thank you for your interest in this contest.

Vice Chairs

Leadership Positions


Young Professionals programming is led by the Vice Chairs of the Committee.

Emerging Leaders


Are you interested in volunteering based on your availability?​


Emerging Leaders provide feedback and volunteer on their own schedules. The group is on Slack and meets quarterly (virtual for now); they learn about volunteer opportunities and share their voices that help shape programming.

The Committee is always looking for Emerging Leaders to join us.  Please fill out an interest form here.

Meet The Committee

Jessica Levy


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University at Buffalo

Alyssa Manz

Vice Chair of Events

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Grinnell College

Columbia PhD

Madison Montemayor

Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications

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Willamette University

Antonio Femia


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Queens College

(Macaulay Honors)

Amanda Schwartz

Vice Chair of Mentorship Program

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University of Maryland Honors Program

Rutgers Law School

Meagan Odette


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SUNY Geneseo

The Phi Beta Kappa Society


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