MACON – Mercer University’s Zeta of Georgia Chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society welcomed 36 students into the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Prospective Phi Beta Kappa inductees are usually seniors among the top 10 percent of their graduating class who have completed a broad range of liberal arts and sciences coursework, including foreign language study and mathematics. Exceptional students meeting the Society’s requirements may also be considered as juniors.
This year’s inductees are:
- Macire Aribot, an international affairs and global development studies double-major from Lithonia
- Kaila Banker, an international affairs major from Plantation, Florida
- Jordan Barnett, a biology major from Smyrna
- Jenna Bruck, a psychology and classical studies double-major from Duluth
- Tucker Buffington, a Spanish major from Gainesville
- Holly Cooper, a philosophy major from Lizella
- Elizabeth Ctibor, a psychology major from Milner
- Ariel Daniels, a political science and international affairs double-major from Milledgeville
- Micah Davis, a history major from Lithonia
- Ally Driver, a global health studies major from Brentwood, Tennessee
- Peter Garcia, a biology major from Savannah
- Alexis Gonzalez, a psychology and Spanish double-major from Atlanta
- Sarah Harris, a French and international affairs double-major from Austell
- Jeffrey Heinzman, a political science major from Macon
- Margaret Hicks, an international affairs and anthropology double-major from Warm Springs
- Fabian Kopp, an international affairs major from Macon
- Brianna Levin, a global health studies major from Marietta
- Stephen Mackes, a mathematics major from Crofton, Maryland
- Elijah Maier, an international affairs major from Alpharetta
- Brenna McNulty, a French and theatre double-major from Powder Springs
- Zachary Mullinax, a political science and law and public policy double-major from Kennesaw
- Raejan Noh, an English, classical studies and Latin triple-major from Locust Grove
- Princess Ogundu, a biology and French double-major from Hahira
- Anjali Patel, a neuroscience major from McDonough
- Hinal Patel, an international affairs and global development studies double-major from Kathleen
- Taylor Rinberger, a psychology major from Nashville
- Emily Robertson, a history major from Greensboro
- Gunnar Rogers, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Eastman
- Bethany Rozeboom, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Roswell
- Moriah Roycroft, a global health studies and global development studies double-major from Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
- Shailey Shah, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Hixson, Tennessee
- Nidhi Shashidhara, an environmental studies major from Jacksonville, Florida
- Lindsey Smallwood, an international affairs and political science double-major from Waycross
- David Stokes, an international affairs and religion double-major from Sandy Springs
- Eduardo Rubio Garcia Teruel, a computational science major from Palmetto
- Juliana Arenas Velasquez, a biology and Spanish double-major from Fayetteville
The students were recognized Aug. 7 in a formal induction ceremony originally set to take place last spring. Participation was optional for the ceremony, which was held in accordance with federal and state public health guidelines for events during COVID-19.
These students make up Mercer’s fifth induction class since the University installed its chapter and inducted its inaugural class in 2016.
Founded by five students at the College of William and Mary on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society has chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 alumni associations and more than half a million members worldwide.
Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. And only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these distinguished institutions are invited to join the Society, which makes the invitation process one of the most selective in the nation. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. presidents, 41 U.S. Supreme Court justices and more than 140 Nobel laureates.
For more information, visit pbk.mercer.edu.