Carnegie Mellon University
February 08, 2024

CMU Welcomes Early Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

By Marissa Pekular

On January 25, Carnegie Mellon University celebrated 16 students, who have been selected for early initiation into the university’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The early class includes nine students affiliated with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest honors society, celebrating 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.

“Being initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society at any time is a great honor,” said Joseph Devine, associate dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and secretary of the CMU Phi Beta Kappa chapter. “Early election in the senior year is even more distinctive in that the eligibility criteria are considerably more competitive than the general election held in the spring for a larger number of seniors.” 

The early initiates include:

Christopher T. Crawford
Primary Major: Computer Science
Minors: Chinese Studies; Linguistics

Julian Hsieh
Primary Major: Global Systems & Management and Music Performance
Minor: Business Administration

Letian Huang
Primary Majors: Psychology, Philosophy

Jo-Michelle Huczko
Primary Major: Ethics, History, and Public Policy
Additional major: International Relations and Political Science

Sanjana Krishna
Primary Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Machine Learning

Kaisa Lee
Primary Major: Ethics, History, & Public Policy and Drama

Amanda Li
Primary major: Computer Science
Minor: Human Computer Interaction

Nicholas S. Mlakar
Primary Major: International Relations and Political Science
Additional Major: Social and Political History

Shravya Nandyala
Primary Major: Artificial Intelligence
Additional Major: Russian Studies
Minor: Film and Media Studies

Adriana M. Poznanski
Primary Major: Information Systems
Additional Major: Human-Computer Interaction

Ryan J. Raikman
Primary Major: Physics/Astrophysics Track
Minor: Machine Learning

Mackenzie E. Riley
Primary Major: Chemistry/Biological Chemistry Track

Lee M. Wang
Primary majors: Economics; Ethics, History, and Public Policy
Minor: Business Administration

Rachel B. Wilson
Primary Major: Computer Science
Minor: Hispanic Studies

Amy Xiao
Primary major: Computational Finance
Minor: Computer Science

Cheryl Zhang
Primary Major: Humanities Analytics and Music Performance
Additional Major: French and Francophone Studies
Minor: Human-Computer Interaction