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Phi Beta Kappa Inducts its Newest Student Members

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On Thursday, April 26, 2012, the Lambda of Texas chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious of the national academic honorary societies, inducted its newest set of student members.  Chancellor Kent Hance, Provost Bob Smith, and Senior Vice Provost Rob Stewart all gave welcoming remarks, reaffirming their commitment to the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at TTU and congratulating the 71 new members on their scholarly achievements.  Former U.S. Senator Robert Krueger was the distinguished keynote speaker.

To be invited for membership into the society, undergraduate students must have records of outstanding performance in the liberal arts and sciences.  Minimum requirements include a strong grade point average, satisfactory completion of at least two math courses at or above the level of Math 1320, satisfactory completion of at least the fourth semester or above of a language other than English, and satisfactory completion of at least two 3000 level courses outside the student’s major.  In 2012, 71 students were inducted into the chapter. 

Established in 1779 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.  Texas Tech was granted the right to shelter a chapter in October 2006 and held its first induction ceremony in April 2007.  The chapter is sheltered by the Phi Beta Kappa keyholders among the faculty and staff on campus.  Each April, outstanding new students are invited to membership, with the majority of these students coming from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

For more information on the Lambda of Texas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and the names of all 2012 inductees see: http://www.orgs.ttu.edu/phibetakappa/.