Fall Phi Beta Kappa Inductees — An Extraordinary Group!

Yesterday I participated in one of my favorite events, the December induction ceremony for Phi Beta Kappa. The thirteen seniors we recognized have all excelled in their studies, and they have contributed mightily to the campus culture of inventive, rigorous work. All of these students have faculty mentors who are proud of them, who cheer them on, and who are among the first ones to acknowledge their accomplishments. Staff members, too, have contributed to their success, and it was wonderful to see them at the ceremony, beaming with pride. In Yiddish we call this kvelling, a feeling of fullness from pride and happiness, a gushing of pleasure in someone else’s accomplishment. There was plenty of kvelling at the ceremony today!

Here are the thirteen new inductees:

Brittany Laine Baldwin-Hunter

Alicia Doo Castagno
American Studies

Ali Khalid Chaudhry
Economics/Mathematics & Computer Science

Lee Solomon Gottesdiener
Chemistry/Neuroscience & Behavior Program

Zin Lin
Mathematics & Computer Science/Physics

Cassidy Siegel Mellin
Neuroscience & Behavior Program/Psychology

Rachel Leah Merzel

Emma Kathryn Mohney
English/Romance Languages & Literatures

Emma Elaine Paine

Reed Leon Sarney
Mathematics & Computer Science

Allegra Stout
Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies/Psychology

Brianna Megan van Kan
College of Letters/Music/Russian Languages & Literature

Kathryn Emily Wagner
Biology/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry