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UNC-Chapel Hill inducts 194 students into Phi Beta Kappa

Carolina’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904

Scenes of a sparsely populated campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 4, 2020. The University began remote instruction for more than 95 percent of classes to help stop the spread of COVID-19. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Oct. 19, 2020) Phi Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 194 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members.

Friday’s induction ceremony featured remarks by Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and a keynote address by biology Teaching Associate Professor Gidi Shemer. Due to the pandemic and local gathering restrictions, this year’s ceremony was held virtually and included a new inductee slideshow containing a recent photograph and the biographical information shared below.

Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences and professional degree programs who meet rigorous eligibility requirements.

A student who has completed 75 hours of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale) is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has completed 105 hours of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA. Grades earned at other universities are not considered. Fewer than 1% of all college students qualify.

Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members from across the country have included 17 American presidents, 41 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, more than 140 Nobel Laureates and numerous artistic, intellectual and political leaders.

Phi Beta Kappa has 290 chapters nationwide. UNC-Chapel Hill’s chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest of seven chapters in the state. Each year, Phi Beta Kappa chapters and alumni associations across the country raise and distribute more than $1 million in awards, scholarships and prizes benefiting high schools and college students.

Phi Beta Kappa officers at Carolina for 2020-2021 are students Max Petruzzi, president; Mollie Pepper, vice president; and Anna Covington, recording secretary. James L. Leloudis, professor of history, Peter T. Grauer associate dean for Honors Carolina and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, is chapter executive secretary and faculty advisor.

Listed below are 193 inductees, 129 of whom are from North Carolina. The names appear below in alphabetical order by North Carolina county, then by state and country. All study in the College of Arts & Sciences except where otherwise noted. One student chose not to be listed.

Alamance County

  • Hailey Elizabeth Korzekwinski, a junior with economics and environmental studies majors and a social and economic justice minor, of Burlington.
  • Brady Davidson Smith, a junior with economics and mathematics majors and a statistics and analytics minor, of Burlington.
  • Kaitlyn Elizabeth Wood, a senior with an exercise and sport science major and neuroscience and anthropology minors, of Elon.

Ashe County

  • Jacob Montgomery Nelson, a senior with an exercise and sport science major and a neuroscience minor, of Todd.

Beaufort County

  • Jeremiah Jackson III, a senior with a chemistry major and a biology minor, of Washington.

Brunswick County

  • Madeline Lee Chandler, a junior with a biostatistics major and study of Christianity and culture and medicine, literature and culture minors, of Ocean Isle Beach.
  • Brynn Abigail Garner, a senior with environmental studies and history majors and a food studies minor, of Leland.

Buncombe County

  • Anthony Kostov, a May 2020 graduate with an exercise and sport science major, of Asheville.
  • Olivia Faye Madalone, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and medical anthropology minors, of Asheville.
  • Robert Rhinehart, a senior with classical archaeology and religious studies majors and an art history minor, of Asheville.
  • Mary Carson Yarborough, a senior with peace, war and defense and Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures majors and a creative writing minor, of Asheville.

Burke County

  • Jared Sain, a May 2018 graduate with a religious studies major and creative writing and chemistry minors, of Morganton.

Cabarrus County

  • Laura Ellen Crook, a junior with biology and English and comparative literature majors and a chemistry minor, of Concord.
  • Akshay Sridharan, a junior with statistics and analytics and economics majors and a mathematics minor, of Harrisburg.

Catawba County

  • Thomas Evan Bledsoe, a senior with an economics major and Spanish and statistics and analytics minors, of Hickory.
  • Katelyn Marie Shadowens, a senior with Asian studies and communication studies majors, of Hickory.

Cumberland County

  • Brittany Broome, a senior with public policy and global studies majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, of Fayetteville.
  • Curtis Donovyn Smith IV, a senior with psychology and interdisciplinary studies majors, of Fayetteville.
  • Daniel Safi Soliman, a junior with a chemistry major, of Fayetteville.

Davidson County

  • Dalton Michael Craven, a senior with a nutrition major and chemistry and music minors, of High Point.
  • Tucker Craven, a senior with political science and Asian studies majors, of High Point.

Durham County

  • Evangeline Huei-En Liauw, a May 2020 graduate with a business administration major and a Chinese minor, of Durham.
  • Adelaide Leigh Cairns, a senior with a psychology major and a business administration minor, of Durham.
  • Richard Scott Hallyburton, a junior with a mathematics major and a computer science minor, of Durham.
  • Emily Kramer, a senior with communication studies and music majors and an advertising and public relations minor, of Durham.

Forsyth County

  • Halie Veronica Chmura, a senior with a computer science major and a statistics and analytics minor, of Lewisville.
  • David Sarber Green, a junior with music and Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures majors, of Winston-Salem.
  • Matthew Russell Mueller, a senior with biology and chemistry majors, of Kernersville.
  • Sarah Marshall Spangler, a senior with a public policy major and history and art history minors, of Winston-Salem.
  • Alexander John Stewart, a junior with physics and mathematics majors and a computer science minor, of Winston-Salem.

Gaston County

  • Mary Hunter Russell, a junior with business administration and statistics and analytics majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, of Belmont.

Guilford County

  • Alice Blaire Bennett, a junior with a media and journalism major, of Greensboro.
  • Steven Yikun Chen, a junior with computer science and mathematics majors, of Oak Ridge.
  • Joseph William Coggin, a senior with biology and religious studies majors, of Greensboro.
  • David Alexander Garrett, a senior with political science and peace, war and defense majors, of Greensboro.
  • Grace Lane Fulton Henley, a senior with a quantitative biology major and a business administration minor, of High Point.
  • Savannah Layne Newton, a senior with sociology and economics majors and a social and economic justice minor, of Greensboro.
  • Brian Deane Taylor, a senior with political science and anthropology majors, of High Point.
  • David Burns Woodlief, a senior with economics and political science majors and a religious studies minor, of Greensboro.

Henderson County

  • Elijah Joseph Bird, a junior with geological sciences and mathematics majors, of Fletcher.

Lincoln County

  • Abigail Grace Holdsclaw, a senior with public policy and interdisciplinary studies majors and a social and economic justice minor, of Denver.

Mecklenburg County

  • John Hunter Allen, a May 2020 graduate with religious studies and philosophy majors and a study of Christianity and culture minor, of Charlotte.
  • Noel Archer, a junior with a biochemistry major and a Russian culture minor, of Charlotte.
  • Austin Mitchell Blitstein, a junior with physics and mathematics majors and a chemistry minor, of Cornelius.
  • Madeline Blair Ellis, a junior with media and journalism and English and comparative literature majors, of Charlotte.
  • John Richard Felkner, a junior with a health policy and management major and a chemistry minor, of Charlotte.
  • Connor Alexander Folk, a senior with an economics major and statistics and analytics and entrepreneurship minors, of Charlotte.
  • Alyssa Nicole Ho, a May 2020 graduate with a nutrition major and a chemistry minor, of Charlotte.
  • Sophia Hurr, a senior with a health policy and management major and chemistry and Spanish for the professions minors, of Charlotte.
  • Joshua Raymond Martin, a senior with communication studies and English and comparative literature majors, of Charlotte.
  • Tyler Clayton Shuntich, a senior with a computer science major, of Charlotte.
  • Nicholas Paul Tapp-Hughes, a senior with mathematics and computer science majors, of Charlotte.
  • Isabel Zhao, a senior with a computer science major and a statistics and analytics minor, of Charlotte.

Moore County

  • Mackenzie Grace Melton, a senior with public policy and romance languages majors and an art history minor, of Southern Pines.

Nash County

  • Forrest Jefferson Bell, a May 2020 graduate with a biology major and a chemistry minor, of Rocky Mount.

New Hanover County

  • Allison Carpenter, a junior with business administration and contemporary European studies majors and a politics, philosophy and economics minor, of Wilmington.
  • Alexander Ellsworth, a May 2020 graduate with economics and peace, war and defense majors and a history minor, of Wilmington.
  • Mina Yakubu, a senior with African, African American and diaspora studies and political science majors, of Wilmington.

Onslow County

  • Camden Elaine Alford, a senior with public policy and political science majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, of Jacksonville.

Orange County

  • Collins Knight Alexander, a senior with peace, war and defense and global studies majors and a history minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Taylor Cox, a senior with Arab cultures and peace, war and defense majors and a Middle Eastern languages minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Daniel Fan, a senior with a business administration major and a Spanish for the professions minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Katherine Sijing Fesperman, a senior with psychology and sociology majors and a neuroscience minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Callum James Funk, a junior with a biomedical and health sciences engineering major, of Chapel Hill.
  • Angela Wei Guo, a senior with economics and public policy majors and a statistics and analytics minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Marichi Gupta, a senior with mathematics and computer science majors and a music minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Brett Michael Harris, a junior with English and comparative literature and contemporary European studies majors and an urban studies and planning minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Heidi Nicole Kreis, a senior with psychology and exercise and sport science majors and a neuroscience minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Brenna Everly Kuder, a senior with environmental studies and global studies majors and a Hispanic studies minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Joseph Vincent Osti III, a senior with a biology major, of Carrboro.
  • Samuel Benjamin Pritchard, a senior with political science and peace, war and defense majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Robert Allen Winslow, a senior with a computer science major and a business administration minor, of Chapel Hill.

Pender County

  • Alleigh Grace Wiggs, a junior with a nutrition major and a chemistry minor, of Wilmington.

Pitt County

  • Danielle Kruchten, a senior with English and history majors and a philosophy minor, of Greenville.

Randolph County

  • Andrew Blake Halcomb, a senior with a psychology major, of Trinity.

Rockingham County

  • Wyatt Andrew Newsome, a senior with political science and public policy majors and a music minor, of Reidsville.

Scotland County

  • Sage Lee Atkins, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, of Laurel Hill.

Stokes County

  • Lacy Henry Bryant III, a junior with chemistry and biology majors, of Pinnacle.
  • Hannah Jane King, a junior with a chemistry major, of Walnut Cove.

Union County

  • Kayley Elizabeth Carpenter, a senior with journalism and dramatic art majors and a medicine, literature and culture minor, of Indian Trail.
  • Molly Rose Hansen, a senior with English and comparative literature and communication studies majors and a writing for the screen and stage minor, of Indian Trail.
  • John Kwiatkowski III, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and studio art minors, of Waxhaw.
  • Kara Alexis Lunski, a senior with an exercise and sport science major and medical anthropology and history minors, of Waxhaw.
  • Troy Vincent Merchel, a senior with an exercise and sport science major and a biology minor, of Waxhaw.
  • Jonathan Michael Ohmstede, a senior with a business administration major and statistics and analytics and entrepreneurship minors, of Matthews.
  • Alexandros Mixail Pistiolis, a senior with biology and chemistry majors, of Waxhaw.
  • Kendre Collins Ratliff, a senior with history and political science majors and a music minor, of Indian Trail.
  • Autumn Elizabeth Tucker, a junior with a neuroscience major and French and computer science minors, of Waxhaw.
  • Charles David Warren, a senior with a chemistry major and a mathematics minor, of Matthews.

Wake County

  • Sarah Elizabeth Ashworth, a senior with a psychology major and cognitive science and translation and interpreting minors, of Cary.
  • Brittany Katherine Baker, a senior with statistics and analytics and economics majors and a mathematics minor, of Cary.
  • Madyson Gabryelle Barber, a junior with astrophysics and computer science majors, of Raleigh.
  • Nicole Anne Baum, a senior with a psychology major and a neuroscience minor, of Cary.
  • Miranda Grace Black, a junior with psychology and human development and family studies majors and a conflict management minor, of Knightdale.
  • Kassidy Jyll Blankenship, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and military science and leadership minors, of Fuquay Varina.
  • Abigail Grace Boettcher, a senior with public policy and economics majors and a translation and interpreting minor, of Cary.
  • Kush Paresh Changela, a junior with a computer science major and a chemistry minor, of Cary.
  • Katherine Turner Childrey, a senior with human development and family studies and exercise and sport science majors and an education minor, of Raleigh.
  • Michael J. Crow, a senior with an economics major, of Cary.
  • Anna Wynne Dillon, a senior with an exercise and sport science major and a health and society minor, of Raleigh.
  • Rajeev Ranajit Dutta, a junior with neuroscience and philosophy majors and a chemistry minor, of Wake Forest.
  • Justin Alexander Gower, a senior with a health policy and management major, of Fuquay Varina.
  • Shara He, a junior with computer science and statistics and analytics majors, of Cary.
  • Linnea Howe, a senior with global studies and romance languages majors and a history minor, of Raleigh.
  • Randall John, a senior with a health policy and management major and a Hispanic studies minor, of Raleigh.
  • Raphael Kim, a December 2019 graduate with computer science and mathematics majors, of Morrisville.
  • Michael Hosseini Marand, a junior with a biochemistry major and a business administration minor, of Apex.
  • Dan James Meyers, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and entrepreneurship minors, of Holly Springs.
  • Mara Negrut, a senior with information science and psychology majors, of Cary.
  • Ceren Onasci, a senior with a biology major and Italian and chemistry minors, of Raleigh.
  • Adelle Caroline Schubarg, a senior with an environmental science major and a mathematics minor, of Fuquay-Varina.
  • Jeffrey John Schuster Jr., a senior with a business administration major and statistics and analytics and Spanish for the professions minors, of Raleigh.
  • Carol Rivers Seigler, a senior with English and comparative literature and communication studies majors, of Raleigh.
  • Benjamin Stroud, a senior with public policy and history majors, of Wake Forest.
  • Ananya Tandri, a junior with a biomedical and health sciences engineering major, of Cary.
  • Kristine Elizabeth Thompson, a senior with an anthropology major and chemistry and Spanish for the health professions minors, of Raleigh.
  • Lucia Wang, a junior with biostatistics and linguistics majors and a mathematics minor, of Apex.
  • Matthew S. Wang, a senior with a nutrition major and chemistry and environmental studies minors, of Cary.
  • Sarah Wang, a junior with computer science and Asian studies majors, of Apex.
  • Bryson Robert Wicker, a junior with biomedical and health sciences engineering and mathematics majors and a computer science minor, of Raleigh.
  • Ryan Wilcox, a senior with English and history majors, of Wake Forest.
  • Laura Katherine Wilder, a senior with global studies and romance languages majors, of Raleigh.
  • Fiona Jane Wissink, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and environmental science and studies minors, of Cary.
  • Michael Li Yang, a May 2020 graduate with computer science and history majors, of Raleigh.
  • Lindsay Zhou, a junior with computer science and linguistics majors and a Japanese minor, of Cary.

Watauga County

  • Justin David Boyd, a senior with a biomedical and health sciences engineering major and a computer science minor, of Blowing Rock.
  • Andrew Nenow, a senior with computer science and Asian studies majors and a statistics and analytics minor, of Boone.

Wayne County

  • Rebekah R. Sullivan, a senior with human development and family studies and psychology majors, of Goldsboro.

Wilkes County

  • Stuart Mark Joseph Wilson, a senior with Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures and English and comparative literature majors, of Wilkesboro.

Alabama

  • Rachel Ann Rezabek, a senior with a health policy and management major and a chemistry minor, of Huntsville.

California

  • Laura Jean Nelson, a senior with an English and comparative literature major, of Fountain Valley.

Connecticut

  • Lena Elizabeth Gerritz, a senior with a chemistry major and a physics minor, of Guilford.
  • Deep Upadhyay, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and public policy minors, of Farmington.

Delaware

  • Renee Kate Li, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and neuroscience minors, of Newark.
  • Nikolas James Tsiouplis, a senior with a quantitative biology major and chemistry and neuroscience minors, of Bear.

Florida

  • Sara Valentina Bernate, a senior with nutrition and English and comparative literature majors and a chemistry minor, of Orlando.
  • Max Kobernick, a senior with political science and global studies majors and a social and economic justice minor, of Saint Petersburg.
  • Keilly Leyva Ortega, a senior with a computer science major, of Miami.
  • Sean Nguyen, a senior with a history major and statistics and analytics and public policy minors, of Palm Harbor.
  • Jacklyn Rojas, a senior with an exercise and sport science major and history and chemistry minors, of Miami.

Georgia

  • Patrick James Clinch, a senior with history and political science majors and an English minor, of Dunwoody.
  • John Patrick Dinges, a senior with mathematics and economics majors and a business administration minor, of Atlanta.
  • Katherine Horn, a senior with an environmental science major and geography and African studies minors, of Atlanta.
  • Joseph Michael Loughran IV, a May 2020 graduate with a history major and a business administration minor, of Atlanta.

Illinois

  • Mark Steven Heymann, a junior with statistics and analytics and economics majors, of Highland Park.
  • Valerie Gay Lundeen, a May 2020 graduate with economics and public policy majors and a media and journalism minor, of River Forest.
  • Lydia Sun Yun, a senior with Asian studies and peace, war and defense majors, of Durham.

Indiana

  • Anna Delaplaine Evans, a senior with political science and philosophy majors and a statistics and analytics minor, of Zionsville.
  • Claire Lillian Vance Janda, a May 2020 graduate with interdisciplinary studies and political science majors and a French minor, of Bloomington.

Massachusetts

  • Jessica Caroline Aldous, a senior with a biostatistics major and a translation and interpreting minor, of Concord.
  • Jennifer Sue Cochand, a senior with a biomedical and health sciences engineering major and a chemistry minor, of Manchester-by-the-Sea.
  • BrianPaul Robert, a senior with a biology major, of Boston.
  • David Andrew Wollensak, a senior with physics and chemistry majors, of Barnstable.

Michigan

  • Victoria Nicole Monge, a senior with health policy and management and global studies majors and a French minor, of Ann Arbor.

Mississippi

  • Greer Garland Underwood, a junior with philosophy and American studies majors and a studio art minor, of Jackson.

New Jersey

  • Lila Kenny Dunn, a senior with music and political science majors, of Mendham.
  • Jennifer Emily Ewing, a junior with computer science and mathematics majors and a Hispanic studies minor, of Medford.
  • Alexandra Reardon, a senior with a psychology major and a chemistry minor, of Chester.
  • Sydney A. Thai, a junior with biology and music majors and a chemistry minor, of Livingston.
  • Carter J. Vilim, a May 2020 graduate with business administration and public policy majors and a history minor, of Wyckoff.

New York

  • Emma Schubart, a senior with music (performing) and political science majors, of Babylon.

Ohio

  • Kellan Elayne Robinson, a May 2020 graduate with contemporary European studies and global studies majors and a French minor, of Cincinnati.
  • Gabriel Ray Sugerman, a senior with public policy and peace, war and defense majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, of Cleveland.
  • Caroline Elizabeth Walton, a senior with a chemistry major and medicine, literature and culture and biology minors, of Cincinnati.

Oklahoma

  • Hannah Olmstead, a senior with public policy and economics majors and an Arabic minor, of Oklahoma City.

Pennsylvania

  • Sally Sitton Stanley, a May 2020 graduate with political science and philosophy majors and an English minor, of Philadelphia.
  • Claire Nicole Staresinic, a senior with psychology and German literature and culture majors and a biology minor, of Pittsburgh.

South Carolina

  • Meighan Reid Parsh, a senior with political science and communication studies majors, of Columbia.
  • Emily Rose Siegel, a senior with environmental studies and political science majors and an archaeology minor, of Hilton Head.

Tennessee

  • Rhea Manish Jaisinghani, a senior with biostatistics and global studies majors, of Brentwood.
  • Frances Galloway Sentilles, a senior with environmental health sciences and anthropology majors and a Hispanic studies minor, of Memphis.

Texas

  • Nikhil Rao, a senior with health policy and management and psychology majors and a public policy minor, of Dallas.

Virginia

  • Ahmed Abdelkarem Belghith, a junior with biology and medical anthropology majors and a chemistry minor, of South Hill.
  • Lucy Austin Bellamy, a senior with chemistry and English majors and a biology minor, of Richmond.
  • Carolyn Carson White, a senior with global studies and religious studies majors and a sustainability studies minor, of Richmond.
  • Henry Bolling Williamson, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, of Richmond.

Washington

  • Jason X, a junior with biomedical and health sciences engineering and computer science majors and a mathematics minor, of Tacoma.

Washington, D.C.

  • Mahler Carew Revsine, a senior with computer science and biology majors, of Washington, D.C.

West Virginia

  • Jay Sheth, a senior with computer science and political science majors and a chemistry minor, of Charleston.

Puerto Rico

  • Jorge Ricardo Santana, a senior with a biology major and a creative writing minor, of San Juan.

Albania

  • Jona Boçari, a senior with history and mathematics majors, of Tirana.

Bangladesh

  • Shureed Qazi, a senior with a biomedical and health sciences engineering major, of Dhaka.

Canada

  • Raymond Tu, a senior with an environmental health sciences major and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, of Guelph, Ontario.

China

  • Hannah Le Cao, a senior with a computer science major and a statistics and analytics minor, of Shanghai.
  • Hao Fan, a senior with computer science and economics majors and a statistics and analytics minor, of Taiyuan.
  • Bowen Gu, a senior with astrophysics and computer science majors, of Shanghai.
  • Zhongxiu Hu, a junior with physics and chemistry majors and a biology minor, of Beijing.
  • Luyang Jia, a senior with economics and psychology majors, of Shanghai.
  • Yuyang Sun, a junior with computer science and mathematics majors, of Shenzhen.
  • Muhang Yu, a senior with economics and psychology majors and a statistics and analytics minor, of Chengdu.
  • Yingyue Zhan, a senior with biostatistics and computer science majors, of Beijing.
  • Alvis Zhaodh, a senior with a mathematics major, of Changchun.

Vietnam

  • Quy Thien Pham, a senior with mathematics and statistics and analytics majors, of Ho Chi Minh City.

 

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