The Hamilton Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa recently elected 34 members of the Class of 2021: Carlie Abraham, William Andriola, Cameron Baker, Kaja Bielecka, Josephine Blatt, Sadye Bobbette, Jakeb Camel, Lindsay Canaday, Roger Danilek, Robert Dotterer, Craig Engert, Joseph Fraser, Carson Goos, Richard Huiskamp, Jiin Jeong, Amanda Johnson, Hannah Katz, and Luca Katz.
Also, Andrew Kim, Kathryn Labosky, Amari Rose Leigh, Anna Lyndaker, Elle McCusker, Alanna McGill, Morgan Perry, Minh Duc Pham, William Richardson, Abigail Roller, Jafar Sharipov, John Schoenfeld, Majestic Terhune, Alina van den Berg, Jianyi Yang, and Elaine Yip.
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honorary society in the United States. The Hamilton chapter was established in 1869, making it the fifth oldest in the state. Students are elected during their senior year on the basis of academic distinction in the liberal arts and sciences. In examining the academic records of candidates, the chapter considers the breadth of their engagement with the liberal arts and their fulfillment of the College’s academic purposes and goals.
Breadth in the liberal arts involves one course in at least five of the six following categories: arts, mathematics/computer science, sciences, social sciences, languages, and humanities. In each of at least three of those categories, the student will have taken two courses (including one at or above the 200-level).
In addition to studying broadly and deeply, a student must have completed at least six semesters of coursework with Hamilton faculty, and be of good moral character to be eligible for selection.
The Hamilton chapter, comprised of faculty and administrator members of Phi Beta Kappa, normally selects up to 10 percent of the senior class for membership. Seven students were elected in October, and 18 in February.