Carnegie Mellon University
November 09, 2022

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts Newest Class of Dietrich Students

By Stacy Kish

Eighteen students have been selected for initiation into Carnegie Mellon University’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, including seven students affiliated with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest honors society, and it celebrates high achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. There are only 290 chapters affiliated with top universities across the country, and each of those chapters select 10 percent of their school’s arts and sciences students to join.

Students gathered in person on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 for the PBK initiation ceremony.

The new PBK initiates include:

Nabi Efe Cekirge
Primary Major: Computer Science
Minors: Discrete Mathematics and Logic; Game Design 

Blair Dong
Primary Major: Chemistry
Minor: Business Administration

Bill Guo
Primary Major: Human Computer Interaction 

Lauren James
Primary Major: International Relations and Politics
Minor: Chinese Studies 

Maxwell Jones
Primary Major: Artificial Intelligence
Additional Major: Mathematical Sciences

Ashley Kim
Primary Major: Computer Science and Art
Additional Major: Human-Computer Interaction

Daniel Kornbluth
Primary Majors: Economics and Mathematical Sciences; Statistics (Mathematical Sciences Track 

William Ozeas
Primary Major: Computer Science and Music Composition
Minor: Game Design

Indra Periwal
Primary Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematical Sciences

Maxwell Plottel
Primary Major: Behavioral Economics, Policy, and Organizations
Additional Majors: French and Francophone Studies; International Relations and Politics

 John Quinlan
Primary Major: Computer Science and Music Performance

Kyle Robertson
Primary Major: International Relations and Politics
Minors: Cybersecurity and International Conflict; Hispanic Studies 

Daniel Schaffer
Primary Major: Computational Biology
Minor: School of Computer Science concentration in Machine Learning

Sophia Shan
Primary Major: Neuroscience
Minors: Biomedical Engineering; Machine Learning 

Joseph Shin
Primary Major: Chemistry 

Mason Shockley
Primary Major: Chemistry   

Ajunie Virk
Primary Major: Film & Visual Media and Art
Minor: Animation and Special Effects 

Cynthia Xu
Primary Major: Literature and Culture
Additional Majors: Chinese Studies; Psychology
Minor: Drama