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Phi Beta Kappa First-Year Book Award Winners

On February 21, the three winners of the First-Year Book Award were announced before the public lecture by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Mary Miller. These awards recognize outstanding first year students who embody Phi Beta Kappa’s tradition of academic excellence and intellectual curiosity. Each student has selected a book from the 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards Short List.

Abigail Byrd is an Economics major from Olathe, Kansas. Abby was nominated for this award by her ECON 177 instructor, David Slusky. In his nomination letter, Dr. Slusky described Abby as immensely curious and intellectually fearless, willing to tackle complex problems and propose creative solutions. For her book, Abby has chosen An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler by Peter Fritzsche.

Aroog Khaliq is an English and Psychology major from Overland Park, Kansas. Aroog was nominated for this award by her HNRS 190 instructor, Mary Klayder. In her nomination letter, Dr. Klayder noted Aroog’s devotion to reading, writing, and the value of language, stating that Aroog exhibits the values of this award better than any other first-year student she has encountered. For her book, Aroog has chosen Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present by Erin L. Thompson.

Ian Rogers is a Health & Life Sciences major from Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Ian was nominated for this award by his UNIV 101 instructor, Irene Olivares. In her nomination letter, Dr. Olivares noted that Ian is an outstanding Jayhawk who motivates his peers with his great dedication and genuine caring for others. For his book, Ian has chosen Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal.

Congratulations to these great students! Thank you to all of the instructors who nominated their students for this award.


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