Carnegie Mellon University
November 20, 2020

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 20 Students

By Cameron Monteith

Twenty students have been initiated into Carnegie Mellon University’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society (PBK), including 13 students affiliated with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The nation’s oldest honor society, PBK celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Only 290 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities have a chapter, while each of those chapters select only 10 percent of their school’s arts and sciences graduates to join.

This year’s virtual initiation ceremony included remarks from William Alba, PBK chapter president; Jason D’Antonio, Mellon College of Science’s faculty representative to PBK and Joseph E. Devine, PBK chapter secretary and treasurer.

The students initiated into PBK are:

Kyra Balenzano
Primary Major: Statistics and Machine Learning
Additional Major: Hispanic Studies
Minor: Computer Science

Anna Sophia Boyd
Primary Majors: German Studies; Music Performance 

Eileen Chen
Primary Major: Information Systems
Minor: Human-Computer Interaction

Cayden Codel
Primary Major: Computer Science
Minor: Physics

Oscar Dadfar
Primary Majors: Computer Science; Art
Minors: Machine Learning; Physics

Alexandra Ditommaso
Primary Major: Neuroscience 

William Fahy
Primary Major: Chemistry

Jake Feldgoise
Primary Major: Policy and Management
Additional Major: Science, Technology and Public Policy
Minor: Chinese Studies

Grayson Frazier
Primary Major: Physics
Minor: Russian Studies

Rachael Johnson
Primary Major: Global Studies
Additional Major: French and Francophone Studies

Kate Ko
Primary Major: Decision Science and Art
Minors: Media Design; Neural Computation

Ashley Liu
Primary Major: Computer Science
Minors: Business Administration; Computational Finance

Michelle Ma
Primary Major: Artificial Intelligence
Additional Major: Computer Science
Minor: Music Technology

Stephen McIntosh
Primary Major: Computer Science
Minor: Japanese Studies

Rachel Motz
Primary Major: Chemistry/Biological Chemistry Track
Minors: Chinese Studies; Cognitive Neuroscience

Douglas Patterson
Primary Major: Statistics and Machine Learning
Additional Major: Social and Political History
Minor: Hispanic Studies

Aria Salyapongse
Primary Major: Physics/Astrophysics Track
Minor: Chemistry

Julia Scherb
Primary Major: Global Studies
Minors: Anthropology; Ethics

Tony Wang
Primary Major: Computational Finance
Additional Major: Statistics and Machine Learning
Minor: Computer Science

Connie Ye
Primary Majors: Computer Science; Art
Additional Major: Human-Computer Interaction