MANHATTAN — Forty-three Kansas State University students were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society begun in 1776.

Only 10 percent of American universities have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and fewer than 10 percent of juniors and seniors are nominated annually. Notable members have included 17 presidents, 40 Supreme Court justices and more than 140 Nobel laureates.

Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa have shown themselves devoted to intellectual pursuits and to the objectives of a liberal education — not merely knowledge but also breadth of interest, depth of understanding and respect for a diversity of informed opinion.

The following students are new members of Phi Beta Kappa at Kansas State University:

• Desiree Schippers, senior in English and gerontology, Colby

• Caleb Pfeifer, junior in communication studies, Hays

• Kade Grafel, junior in economics, Oberlin

• Dene Dryden, senior in English, Palco