AMES, IOWA (May 1, 2020) — Matthew Pham, an Iowa State University student from Davenport, Iowa, was initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society this May. The initiates were recognized with a virtual initiation.

Pham was one of 84 Iowa State students with a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) who were initiated into the prestigious honor society. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement in a broad curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences.

In addition, five LAS students received special individual awards:

  • Roth James, recipient of the Jerry Shakeshaft Phi Beta Kappa Award for Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • Marie Hardt, recipient of the Edward Allen Award in the Mathematical Disciplines;
  • Matthew Ryan, recipient of the Jean Day Lassila Award in the Liberal Arts for best undergraduate academic program;
  • Holly Cook, recipient of the Barbara Mack Award for Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences; and
  • Olivia Gray, recipient of the Ruth and Clayton Swenson Award in the Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University was granted its Phi Beta Kappa chapter charter in 1973.

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Iowa State University is one of the nation's most student-centered public research universities and is recognized among the top 50 public universities in the nation by US News and World Report. With hundreds of student clubs and organizations, thousands of internship and co-op opportunities, and more than 80 learning communities, the university offers a student experience rich in academic and social diversity. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries choose to come to Ames, Iowa, to study with world-class scholars and hone their leadership skills.

Part of what makes Iowa State such a special place for our students to learn and grow is the uniqueness of the faculty and staff who work here. Our faculty and staff have established a leading-edge reputation among peers for innovative interdisciplinary academic programs, an ever-expanding learning community program, and entrepreneurial experiences for students.

Plus, Ames has been recognized as the second-best college town with a population under 250,000. And did we mention we've also been voted one of the top 10 best places to live in America? So it's no wonder why our students love it here.

At Iowa State, students will find 100 majors, 800 clubs, and one amazing adventure.

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