Baylor Senior Selected for "The Pulse" Lecture and Phi Beta Kappa Award

April 29, 2013

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WACO, Texas (April 29, 2013) - Each year, following the Phi Beta Kappa initiation banquet, one undergraduate scholar is chosen to present a lecture hosted by The Pulse, Baylor University's undergraduate journal. The 2013 lecture will be presented by David Welch and will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Reading Room of Alexander Residence Hall, 1413 S. Seventh St.

Welch is a senior from Bastrop, Texas, majoring in great texts of the western tradition in Baylor's Honors College. His lecture is titled "The Expanded Problem of Hiddenness for Christian Theodicies." It regards "the problem of divine hiddenness - why, when we look around at the world, it is not obvious that it is ordered by a perfectly loving, omnipotent God - from a Christian point of view," said Welch.

He was selected by a Phi Beta Kappa committee responsible for reviewing eligible papers from the academic year and choosing the best paper to be presented in the lecture. Having been selected, Welch will receive the Wallace Daniel Award by Phi Beta Kappa, which includes a monetary gift.

The event has a dual purpose, explains Jeff Hunt, Ph.D., lecturer in classics at Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. "It recognizes both the high quality of student scholarship produced at Baylor and the hard work of all our staff members during the fall and spring semesters," Hunt said.

"The Pulse lecture is free and open to the public. We encourage students especially to attend and support their colleagues' scholarly accomplishments."

The Honors College at Baylor established The Pulse undergraduate journal in 2004 as an effort to encourage undergraduate scholarship through publication opportunities. Every semester several undergraduate essays are published both in print and online.

For further information on this event, please contact More information about the student lecture and journal, including archives of past editions, can be found online by clicking here.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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