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February 03, 2022

Students Selected for Early Induction to Phi Beta Kappa

By Stacy Kish

Jocelyn Duffy
  • Associate Dean for Communications, MCS
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Fifteen students have been selected for early initiation into Carnegie Mellon University’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, including seven students affiliated with the Mellon College of Science. The initiation ceremony will be held in the Posner Center on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Eastern. The event is open to the campus community.

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.

“While election to Phi Beta Kappa at any time is a great honor, early election in the senior year is even more distinctive in that the eligibility criteria are considerably higher than for the more general election held in the Spring for a larger number of seniors who will be about to graduate,” 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.

The early initiates include:

Maya English
Primary Major: Biological Sciences
Additional Major: Hispanic Studies

Elizabeth Guo
Primary Major: Economics
Additional Major: Human-Computer Interaction

Yeolanda Huang
Primary Major: Computational Finance
Additional Major: Statistics and Machine Learning

Marie Ivantechenko
Primary Major: Neuroscience

Tanvi Jakkampudi
Primary Major: Physics/Biological Physics Track
Minors: Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry

Fern Limprayoon
Primary Major: Artificial Intelligence
Minor: Human-Computer Interaction

Christina Ma
Primary Majors: Cognitive Science; Computer Science
Minor: Design for Learning

Arvind Mahankali
Primary Major: Computer Science
Additional Major: Mathematical Sciences

Zofia Majewski
Primary Major: Politics & Public Policy and Music Performance
Minor: Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Zachary Novack
Primary Major: Statistics and Machine Learning
Minor: Sonic Arts

Xinyi Sun
Primary Major: Computer Science
Additional Major: Psychology

Tia Tang
Primary Major: Decision Science and Art
Additional Major: Human-Computer Interaction
Minor: Media Design

Calvin Wamser
Primary Major: Global Studies and Music Composition
Minors: Conducting; Gender Studies

Ruiran Xun
Primary Majors: Chemistry; Computer Science
Minor: Music

Maggie Zhang
Primary Major: Computational Biology
Minor: Linguistics