Columbia College initiated 87 seniors into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Tuesday, May 15. 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 and know their commitment to scholarly endeavor. Each year, 10 percent of the Columbia College graduating class is elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Two percent (Junior Phi Beta Kappa) is elected in November. See http://college.columbia.edu/news/seniors-inducted-phi-beta-kappa for details on the Junior Phi Beta Kappa inductees.
The students and their guests were welcomed by Hazel May, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Dean of Columbia College James J. Valentini spoke, congratulating the students.
Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Members receive a distinctive gold key, which symbolizes the core principles of Phi Beta Kappa – freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression.
The Class of 2012 Phi Beta Kappa members are:
Soo Youn Lim
Yin Yin Lu