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Name: Kansas State University. Phi Beta Kappa. Beta of Kansas

Historical Note:

Phi Beta Kappa was first established at the College of William and Mary in 1776 making it the oldest honor society in the country.  Other chapters were established at colleges and universities around the nation with the Beta of Kansas chapter being formally chartered at Kansas State University on February 11, 1974.  Thirty-five faculty members and twenty-four students were the charter members of the organization.  Requirements for induction are for the student to be working on a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts & Sciences.  Only juniors and seniors are accepted and they must have a 3.7 GPA and have completed 90 credit hours.  The students must also have taken a diverse group of courses across the liberal arts including language, mathematics, humanities, social and natural sciences.

The Beta of Kansas chapter awards the Dudley Williams Sophomore Book Prize.  This prize is awarded to sophomores who meet the high academic standards of Phi Beta Kappa.  The Beta chapter also sponsors various speakers to give lectures at Kansas State University.

Sources: Online sources and university archive sources.
Note Author: James W. Smith

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