Iota of New York

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the University of Rochester’s chapter of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa invites for induction the most outstanding students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society champions the liberal arts—the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences—in higher education and in society at large. To learn more, please click on the links at left.

The 2013–2014 Chapter newsletter is now available.

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2014 Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony

The induction of new members to Phi Beta Kappa will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014, at noon in Hubbell Auditorium, Hutchison Hall (map available here).  A list of this year’s inductees is available online—both the class of 2014 (seniors) and the class of 2015 (juniors)

Special Event:  Your Secret Admirers in the NSA — National Security, Privacy, and Big Data

Held Thursday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m., Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Biomedical Engineering Building (UR River Campus).

From Edward Snowden’s release of government documents exposing data collection techniques employed by the National Security Administration, to recent security breaches in private firms, the past year has seen an array of public events that raise important questions about national security, privacy and the techniques required to analyze vast data sets.  This interdisciplinary panel featured perspectives from computer science, political science, and philosophy, preceded by refreshments and followed by a moderated discussion.  Co-sponsored by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership and the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

2013 Iota Book Awards

On Dec. 2, 2013, sixteen sophomores were honored by the Iota Chapter for outstanding achievement during their freshman year. More here.

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