Phi Beta Kappa recognizes and rewards excellence in the liberal arts and sciences through chapters at qualified colleges and universities. Beta Chapter of Iowa at Grinnell College was chartered in 1907, the 70th chapter in the nation and second in Iowa. The organization contributes to the intellectual life of the college by recognizing exceptional student achievement through annual election of new student members, sponsorship of two awards, and by hosting an annual Convocation by a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar or other distinguished guest.


Beta of Iowa, Phi Beta Kappa, Grinnell College, notes with deep sadness the death of Neal Klausner, F. Wendell Miller Professor Emeritus of Philosophy.

Grinnell College president emeritus George Drake '56 looks back on the 100-year history of Grinnell's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of Iowa.