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Welcome to Phi Beta Kappa

Furman's newest members of Phi Beta Kappa were elected from the classes of 2017 and 2018.

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Sixty-six Furman University students have been elected to the school’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic society.

The newest members were inducted during a special initiation ceremony and dinner on campus in late March.

The president of Furman’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter is Dr. Liz Bouzarth, associate professor of mathematics.  The PBK secretary is Patricia Sasser, director of the Maxwell Music Library at Furman.

Founded in 1776 during the American Revolution, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters induct the most outstanding students at America’s leading colleges and universities, and only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher education have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

George Shields, Furman’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, was inducted into Furman’s chapter as a honorary member.

Here are the newest members from the class of 2017:

London Aubrey Anderson, Politics and International Affairs

Only about 10 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

Katarina Elizabeth AuBuchon, Philosophy and Psychology

Kerby Kathleen Baier, Music (Vocal Performance)

Brock Edward Baker, Politics and International Affairs and Spanish

Marina Agnes Baldwin, History

Caroline E. Balling, Psychology

Caroline Dolores Besley, Biology

Melanie Grace Brown, Sustainability Science

Alissa Castleberry, Biology

Emily Katherine Causey, Mathematics

Samanthan Yvonne Chamberland, Biology

Molly Clark, Classics and German Studies

Tabitha Faith Colter, Philosophy and Physics

Helen Fite, Communication Studies and Politics and International Affairs

Elizabeth Weatherly Francis, Chemistry

Emily Katherine Gale, Health Sciences and Spanish

Alexandra Grace Harris, German Studies and Urban Studies (Poverty Studies)

Erin Beck Haseley, History and Psychology

Alexis Miles Hawkins, Studio Art

Clark Hickerson, Politics and International Affairs

Founded in 1776 during the American Revolution, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

Tien Thuy Hoang, Economics and Mathematics-Economics

Henry Reed Holmes, Chemistry (Biochemistry)

Graelyn Humiston, Neuroscience

Warren Allen James, Spanish

Adam Griffan Johnson, Politics and International Affairs and Spanish (Art History)

Emily Anne Kurfman, Chemistry

Mary Rebecca Lankford, Religion and Spanish

Viet Tuan Le, Economics

William Lewis, Mathematics and Physics

Leah Kimrey Limbaugh, Asian Studies, English, and Religion

Sarah Kathryn Luke, Spanish (Latin American Studies and Poverty Studies)

Mark Chandler Lukridge, Communication Studies

Erin Gatch Mellor, Communication Studies and English

Samin Mossavi, Politics and International Affairs (Middle East and Islamic Studies)

Kristen Michele Murdaugh, German Studies and Music (Vocal Performance)

Reed Wesley Oliver, Philosophy and Physics

Kelsey Orr, Asian Studies and Politics and International Affairs

Caroline Hill Owen, Music (Piano Performance)

Shauna Alise Owen, Biology

Jackson Seipp Perry, Neuroscience

Lauren Pinion, Physics (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

Lacey Guyton Porter, Health Sciences

The newest members of Phi Beta Kappa were inducted during a special ceremony on campus.

Megan McKenna Probst, Psychology and Spanish

Matthew Ryan Quarles, Mathematics and Physics

Rebecca Lattie Reddoch, Applied Mathematics and Music (Piano Performance)

Caitlin Frances Richardson, Accounting

Daniel Henry Rivers, Computing and Applied Mathematics and Mathematics

John Michael Robinson, Spanish and Sustainability Studies (Latin American Studies)

Hayden Rudd, Chemistry (Environmental Studies)

Katie Rose Scholles, Anthropology and Biology

Alexandra Catherine Scott, Education (Non Teaching) and Religion

Margaret Helena Shelton, English

Kyle Blake Simmons, Economics

Mahmood Syed, Chemistry (Biochemistry)

Jonathan Vandenberg, Biology

Caroline Marion Violante, Asian Studies and Music (Harp Performance)

Audrey Sonali Ward, Biology (Medicine, Health, and Culture)

Kayla Wiles, Health Journalism

Sarah Elizabeth Wood, Spanish (Medicine, Health, and Culture)

Ashley Jayne Young, History and Politics and International Affairs

Emma Grace Zyriek, Music and Politics and International Affairs

Those students elected from the class of 2018 are:

Grayson Breneman Ashby, Biology

Nikita Girish Deshpande, Mathematics

Carol Ann Lewis, Health Sciences and Spanish

Sarah Mixon, Neuroscience

David Ashworth Watts, Chemistry

These Furman seniors were elected to Phi Beta Kappa last academic year and also participated in the ceremony:

Abigail Hartman, History

Ian McConnell, Mathematics and Music

Patrick Musau, Computing and Applied Mathematics and Physics

Sarah Joy Saba, Music (Piano Performance)

Emerson Monteray Smith, Economics

Pamela Evan Talbert, Communication Studies and Religion

Vivian Teresa Tompkins, Music

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