She was one of 91 new members initiated at a ceremony May 19, led by Robert Rowland, president of KU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and professor of communications. Sara Thomas Rosen, senior vice provost for academic affairs, welcomed and congratulated the new initiates as they received their Phi Beta Kappa certificates.
Election to Phi Beta Kappa recognizes a student’s high academic achievement while pursuing a broad and substantive liberal arts curriculum. To be eligible for consideration for membership, students must have senior status and a minimum GPA of 3.65 on a 4.0 scale.
Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest national academic honorary society, was founded Dec. 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. KU’s Alpha chapter, founded in 1890, was the first chapter west of the Mississippi and is one of 280 Phi Beta Kappa chapters nationwide.