Columbia College has announced the names of 93 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on May 20. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.
Each year, 10 percent of the Columbia College graduating class is elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Two percent is elected in the fall and the remaining eight percent is elected in the spring.
Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1777 for the pursuit of “friendship, morality, and literature.” It was the first student group to adopt Greek letters, standing for the Greek words philosophies bios kubernetes, or “love of wisdom, the guide of life.” Today, this honor society celebrates and promotes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. To be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa is one of the highest academic honors for undergraduate students and recognizes their exceptional scholarship.
The Class of 2014 Phi Beta Kappa members are:
Ana Luiza Altaffer
Jeong Yun Chun
Benjamin de la Piedra
Kyu Young Oh
Bernardo Sarmiento Hinojosa
Kara Takashige Boehm
Emma Ziegellaub Eichler
The Class of 2014 Junior Phi Beta Kappa members, who were initiated in January, are:
Margarete Diaz Cuadros
Ling Feng Ye