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134 University undergraduates named Phi Beta Kappa

April 28, 2017
Phi Beta Kappa key logo and motto "Love of learning is the guide of life"

Seventeen juniors and 117 seniors are the University’s latest members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.

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Feldman, dean of undergraduate academic and cocurricular programs, is also noted in his field of philosophy. As the Romanell–Phi Beta Kappa Professor in Philosophy for 2017–18, he will present three lectures open to the public. Read more

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa invites for induction the most outstanding students at America’s leading colleges and universities. Membership is by invitation only, and students are selected by faculty members who are members of the society.

“We’re all very excited to elect a new group of undergraduates to the University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa,” says Gerald Gamm, professor of political science and history and vice president of the University’s Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. “The students we are inducting next month have extraordinary records of achievement, both in and beyond the classroom.”

The University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter was founded in 1887. Members are chosen based on exceptional academic performance and a letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member. New members are elected each spring by members of the Iota chapter at the recommendation of the nominating committee.

The chapter tends to elect approximately 10 percent of each graduating class, and restricts membership to those who have spent at least three full years in residence. Particularly strong candidates are elected as juniors, the rest as seniors.

A formal induction ceremony will take play on Saturday, May 20, at noon in Hubbell Auditorium, Hutchison Hall. This year’s keynote speaker will be Beth Olivares, dean for diversity initiatives and director of the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity.

Here are the latest University members of Phi Beta Kappa: 


pie chart showing 56% of juniors in Phi Beta Kappa have natural science majors, 25% have engineering/applied science majors, and 19% are dual major

Alexander Boyd

Abigail Bruce

Brian Caputo

Perry DeMarche

Laura DiRienzo

Emma Dudley

Meixiao Han

Apolline Jungels

Zixiang Liu

Monica Masterson

Logan Meredith

Akihiro Minami

Reva Peer

Cynthia Plant

Gabrielle Scullard

Margaret Thurston

Wen Zhou


pie charts showing majors for Phi Beta Kappa seniors: 59% dual major, 15% engineering/applied science, 14% natural science, 9% social science and 3% arts/humanities

Sayaka Abe

Jackie-Lynn Albright

Anna Alden

Joseph Allen

Jason Altabet

Karan Arul

Nina Baek

Nathaniel Barber

Melissa Becker

Roberto Bertolini

Rohun Bhagat

Samantha Boerner

Jean Brownell

Gabrielle Bueno

Dorothy Canevari

Jonathan Canning

Madison Carter

Yi Chen

Yizhe Cheng

Sanha Cheong

Peggie Chien

Madalina Ciocanu

Owen Clinger

Nicholas Contento

Michael Cross

Patrick Delehanty

Danielle Diacovo

Danielle Douglas

David Driscoll

Matthew Dylewsky

Kathleen Emmons

Jennifer Enos

Lindsey Feigenbaum

Patrick Fink

Kasia Foster

Elizabeth Fox

Eric Franklin

Megan Freiburger

Allison Friske

Yipeng Gao

Kevin Gerami

Alice Gindin

Matthew Golub

Nicholas Graham

Michael Haft

Katherine Harvey

Ling He

Rebecca Hines

Sarah Hofmann

Jake Jares

Yu Jie

Jillian Johannes

Adam Kadir

Claire Kaiser

Kyo Yeon Kim

Lia Klein

Miriam Kohn

Mikayla Konst

Sara Kowalski

Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Emily Landau

Yifei Liang

Samantha Lienert

Anna Llewellyn

Laurence Lohman

Adam Lott

Minfeng Lu

Shiyi Ma

Jacob Margolis

Vincent Mateo

Nicholas Mavrelis

Julianne McAdams

Patrick McConeghy

William Mellon

Claire Meyerovitz

Lee Murphy

Molly Nemer

Zhaoyu Nie

Daniel Nolte

Courteney Olenyk

Chiziterem Onyekwere

Joseph Orman

Wesley Orth

Alexander Peng

Charles Perkins

Gavin Piester

William Porter

Eibhlin Regan

Kara Rubio

Jamie Rudd

Megan Runkle

Dominick Salerno

Justin Schumacher

Leah Schwartz

Hannah Silva

Emily Simon

Erin Straight

Zhonghui Sun

Milijana Surbatovich

Andrew Tarbox

Jesse Thurston

Jiayu Tian

Zoe Tiet

Karan Vombatkere

Dean Walsh

Haley Weaver

David Weissman

Michaela Wentz

Tiffany White

Bi Cheng Wu

Shuchen Wu

Torrey Wyatt

Qian Xu

Chenchen Yan

Maria Zagorulya

Weiting Zhong

Joyce Zhu

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