University of Rochester

University Students Honored As 2010 Iota Book Award Recipients

December 3, 2010

The University of Rochester's Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, along with deans of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, recognized the 2010 Iota Book Award winners during a formal ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Seventeen sophomores, among a class of more than 1,000 students, were recognized for their scholarly achievement, demonstration of humanistic values, and involvement in co-curricular activities during their first year at Rochester. In addition to evaluating academic records, the award committee collected nominations from professors, administrators, and College staff members.

The recipients of this year's award are Asad Arastu (Whittier, Cal.), Joshua Bradt (Schenectady, N.Y.), Micah Brown (Cortland, N.Y.), Kelsey Burritt (Brighton, N.Y.), Benjamin Covell (Brighton, N.Y.), Meredith Doubleday (Richfield Springs, N.Y.), Joshua Geiger (Clarence Center, N.Y.), Shelby Hall (Hamburg, N.Y.), Yo-el "Joel" Kim (Great Neck, N.Y.), Scott Lucchini (Northborough, Mass.), Justin Roncaioli (Kensington, Conn.), Ulascan "Ulas" Sarica (Turkey), Erin Schnellinger (Munroe Falls, Ohio), Samuel Stewart (Glenmont, N.Y.), Jaclyn "Jackie" Walker (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Sarah Walters (Webster, N.Y.), and Shouling Zhang (Middle Island, N.Y.).

"This is an amazing group of students," said Edward Brown, president of the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering. "Their ability to make major contributions to the campus and the community while achieving the highest level of scholarship is truly inspiring."

Organized in 1997, the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is the University's oldest honor society. In addition to the Iota Book Award, the organization has an endowed scholarship, established a speakers fund, and supports a visiting scholar program. For more about Phi Beta Kappa visit