Pitt Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Inducts 102 Students

Issue Date: 
April 28, 2013

The University of Pittsburgh chapter of Phi Beta Kappa inducted 102 Pitt students into its 2013 class during an April 27 initiation ceremony in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is America’s oldest college honor society. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is considered by many to be the most prestigious honor of academic excellence that can be conferred upon students majoring in one of the liberal arts and sciences. Among the organization’s past inductees are 17 U.S. Presidents, 38 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and 136 Nobel Laureates.

Local chapters work within the organization’s national guidelines to establish their own criteria for election to the society. At Pitt, eligibility requirements include, among others, proficiency in a foreign language as well as completion of a demanding, broadly distributed program of course work spanning the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Completing a well-distributed program of course work is more important than a 4.0 grade point average. Grade point average requirements range from 3.5 to 3.9, with the lower criterion applying to students who have earned at least 90 liberal arts credits at Pitt and the higher criterion applying to those who have earned 60 liberal arts credits at Pitt.

Pitt’s Phi Beta Kappa Class of 2013 inductees are:

Pankaj Aggarwal

Molly Antimarino

Kerri Bell

Moira Black

Suzanne Block

Kristen Breslin*

Ryan Bruno

Edward Brutsch

Eva Bugos

Amanda Church

John Cole

James DiBitetto*

Mercedes Dollard

Amelia Dunn*

Joshua Eccles

Joseph Edwards

Kathryn Egan

Dorothy Ellis

Eussera El-Magbri

Steven Farley

Travis Fernald

Jay Fuletra

Heather Fuhrman*

Rachel Gartland

Rachel Gately

Bethany Giordano

Justin Goehring

Elizabeth Gombert*

Sarah Grech

Zachary Haddad

Kathrine Halo

Zachary Hammer

Yingzhen Han

Michael Harowicz

Tyler Hein

Jonathan Heins

Jared Helms

Zerina Hodzic

Katharine Hoetzer

Daniel Holohan

Samuel Holton-Hinshaw

Sydney Huerbin

Justin Ingram

Stacy Jones

Kathryn Kaufman

Joseph Kern

Harrison Klause

Zachary Kneupper

Sushma Kola

Shannon Krohe

Yongbin Kwon

Jeffrey LaRosa

Naomi Latorraca

Christopher Leiden

Katherine Luke*

Craig Mauro

Meghan Matscherz

Kayla Miller*

Paras Minhas

Amy Molitoris*

Kerry Moore

Allysa Nagy

Jeffrey Nelson

Timothy Ohlsen

Bridget O’Neill

Cassie Park

Milan Patel

Elena Paul

Arpan Prabhu*

Clark Restrepo

Brian Sandridge

Linda Schelle

Emily Seltzer*

Emma Shannon

Kari Shore

Sarah Sleasman

Sophia Smith

Garry Smyda

Anna Statkiewicz

Mark Sullivan

Sarah Sullivan

Steven Taylor*

Vivienne Tuckwaite

Jessa Tunacao

Gabrielle Toborg

Enoch Tse*

Ajay Unnithan

Megan Vasconez

Nicholas Vettese*

Christina Villani

Danielle Walheim

Ruth Wang

Xuan Wang*

Andrew Weis

Jonathan Weisberg

Megan Willison

Sarah Witter

Leanne Woiewodski*

Maia Woluchem

Alaina Wrencher

Nursafwana Zulkhernain

Zachary Zuzek

(* indicates junior)