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Eighteen biology students elected to Phi Beta Kappa

May 9, 2013

Fourteen seniors and four juniors from the Division of Biological Sciences were elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest academic honor society. The main function of the Alpha of Missouri Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is to honor undergraduates for outstanding scholarship in the arts and sciences.

Undergraduate members of Phi Beta Kappa are elected in their junior or senior years upon recommendation of the Membership Committee. The Committee considers grade point average as well as breadth and depth of coursework in determining a student’s academic excellence. The Alpha of Missouri Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa traditionally invites fifty to eighty students to join each year. Only ten juniors are elected each year for formal initiation.

The eighteen students from biological sciences are among forty-three total students elected to the Alpha of Missouri Chapter in 2013. The students will be officially inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on May 17 at the Chancellor’s Residence, under the guidance of the organization’s president, assistant teaching professor of English Julie Melnyk. Dr. James Birchler, Curators’ Professor of Biological Sciences, will speak at the initiation.

The following students from the Division of Biological Sciences were chosen as 2013 Phi Beta Kappa initiates (asterisks indicate junior inductees):

  • Nicole Ackermann
  • Sean Bennett*
  • Kelsie Coe
  • Daniel Doherty*
  • Vinchelle Hardison
  • Derek Kelly
  • Meagan Kline
  • Chelsea Ledgerwood
  • Lauren Oberle
  • Allison O’Neil
  • Mackenzie Rauch*
  • Jessica Ross*
  • Whitney Snyders
  • Bradley Spence
  • Michelle Tang
  • Jacob Taylor
  • Brandon Thornberry
  • Cara Watson

The Alpha of Missouri Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1901. The speaker at the Chapter’s first initiation was Mark Twain, who was elected an honorary member of the Missouri chapter. Other notable members of Phi Beta Kappa include Bill and Hillary Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Tom Brokaw, and George Stephanoplous.

More information is available on the Alpha of Missouri Chapter’s Facebook page.

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Alumni, Undergraduate Studies