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Phi Beta Kappa Spring 2021 Induction Ceremony

The Alpha of Iowa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa held its Spring 2021 Induction Ceremony virtually on April 18, 2021, at 1:30 pm. Family, friends, and mentors were invited to help celebrate the induction of 123 new members elected in fall 2020 and spring 2021 into our distinguished society. Our guest speaker was Dr. Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Professor and V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies in the Departments of Religious Studies; Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies; and History; and Interim Chair, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs. Her talk was titled, "Dream Big, Work Hard, and Trust Your Instincts: It Is Possible To Do What You Love and To Make a Difference." New members were mailed their personalized membership certificates and graduation cords prior to the ceremony.

Congratulation to new Phi Beta Kappa members!

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Writing Internships with The Key Reporter. Deadlines: Friday, June 4, 2021 or Friday, November 5, 2021. Undergraduate Phi Beta Kappa members do not need to leave home for this paid internship! You must send a cover letter addressing the qualifications for the internship, resume with list of references, and three writing samples (500-700 words each) to apply. See for the application form or email for more information.

Phi Beta Kappa Key into Public Service Scholarship. Deadline Friday, January 15, 2021. To be eligible for the $5,000 scholarship, undergraduate students must attend one of Phi Beta Kappa's 290 chapter campuses, and have an anticipated graduation year of 2021 or later, except for first year students. Phi Beta Kappa membership is not a requirement. More information may be found at

Stevens Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship. Deadline Monday, February 14, 2022. The Stevens Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship is awarded each year to a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in natural science with at least two semesters of work remaining (minimum 75 semester hours earned by the close of the spring 2021 semester). More information may be found at

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

The Alpha of Iowa Chapter of Iowa Beta Kappa was pleased to host Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Professor Linda Gregerson on October 10-11, 2019. She is is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. Professor Gregerson gave a poetry reading, attended classes, met with students, and held a public lecture titled, "Can We Talk to One Another? Poetry in an Era of Social Division". The Alpha of Iowa chapter thanks the Department of English, the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and The Phi Beta Kappa Society for co-sponsoring her visit.

PBK Visiting Scholar Professor Linda Gregerson Public Lecture

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