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About Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa aims to promote and advocate excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and to induct the most outstanding students of arts and sciences at American colleges and universities. Founded in 1776 at The College of William and Mary, the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences and is widely considered to be the nation's most prestigious honor society.

Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) stands for Φιλοσοφία Βίου Κυβερνήτης or in Latin letters Philosophia Biou Cybernētēs, which means "Love of wisdom is the guide of life."

Eligibility

Selection for membership into Phi Beta Kappa remains the most prestigious nationally and internationally recognized honor for scholastic attainment.

To be eligible for consideration for Phi Beta Kappa, you must be a student in the College of Arts & Sciences and either a:

  • Junior who has completed at least four semesters at Cornell (Junior year abroad and Washington semester count as Cornell terms) and has a GPA within the top 3 percent of those who meet the semester requirements; or a
  • Senior who has completed at least six semesters at Cornell (Junior year abroad and Washington semester count as Cornell terms)  and has a GPA within the top 10 percent of those who meet the semester requirement. After graduation, if your eighth term brings your GPA above the minimum set for the top 7 percent after seven semesters, you may also be eligible.

Note that only Cornell grades are considered.

Recent Inductees

Class of 2018

Junior Inductees:
Shuli Chen
Niall Chithelen                                        
Aohan Dang
Emily Friedman
Claire Hacker
Kasey Han
Joel Hoover
Gwendolyn Sarah Kahler
Ilana Kotliar
Isaac David Lello-Smith
David Li
Reed Lance Macey
Karna Malaviya
Zachary R Mayle
Ke (Katie) Ning
Vendela Solvind Norman
Anna Overholts
Sujit Rao
Linfeng Shen
Caroline Sierks
Sanjna Surya
Robin Wang
Christopher Lawrence Linabury Welker
Julian Zentaro Wolfson
Sailun Xu
Alvin Yifan Zhu

Class of 2017

Senior Inductees:
Serim An
Xuanyu An
Haritha Aribindi
Aaron Chen
Maple Chen
Xinyi Chen
Daniel Cheong
Alvin Chung
Lena Eskin
Alexis Anne Ferguson
Joseph David Fridman
Rebecca Anne Goldman
Aravind Gollakota
Jesse Gabriel Gonzalez
Jacob Grossfeld
Kiersten Hosie
Sofia Hu
Joy Hubbard-Wakayama
Daniel Sujay Jayakar
Michelle Jin
Tyler Judge
Tamara Fastenberg Kahan
Michael Andrew Kaplan
Esther Kim
Savanna Pack Klinek
Emma Korolik
Sushmitha Krishnamoorthy
Michelle Ruojie Lee
Charlotte Julia Levine
Gefei Li
Kailyn Li
Lily Lin
Matthew Linden
Dan Liu
Linda Liu
Sichun Liu
Tong An Liu
Rebecca Mack
Gloria Majule
Elbert Johann Mets
Mary Nattakom
Emma Nelson
James Noeckel
Jeffrey Ouellette
Lisset Marie Pino
Jeremy Quartner
Samantha Reig
Alejandro Rodriguez
Nicole Schmit
Sara Elizabeth Schroer
Soren Owen Schwab
Jackson A Shaw
Pauline Lillian Shongov
Kurt Shuster
Nitin Shyamkumar
Cleo Catherine Siderides
Seul-E Son
Jane Alexandra Stewart
Steven Swenson
Cooper Truman
Jane Vecca
Julian Etienne Viret
Camilla Lingyi Wang
Spencer Weiss
Mildred Lucile Campbell Whiteley
Kennedi Williams-Libert
Cathy Yishuo Yang
Hyun Gu Yeo
Brian Andrew Young
Aaron Zimmerman

Class of 2016

Junior Inductees:
​Jillian Bernstein
Christine Chow
Pratik Chowdhury
Rachel Chuang
Peter Csernica
Sarah Forcier
Kyle Genova
Colin Gladue
Kristin Hsieh
Hahyun Hwang
Avichai Kapach
Benjamin Leff
Tianwang Liu
Ivaylo Madjarov
Jessica Matalon
Ashin Shah
Bingyan Shi
Ian Sigal
Nimit Sohoni
Daniel Waizman
Linda Wang
Zitong Wang

Class of 2015

Senior Inductees:
​Merna Abouelmaaty
Kushagra Aniket
Swetha Aribindi
Sara Birmingham
Emma Borden
Lianne Bornfeld
Daniel Brenner
Molly Broderick                                        
Danielle Burgess
Laura Chang
Caroline Chasin
Emily Chu
Julliard Del Rosario
Andrew DeMaio
Georgiana De Rham
Jessica Evans
Cameron Ewing
Ryan Farias
Michael Fort
Connor Foster
Rebekah Foster
Kevin Gaan
Gabrielle Girard
Jacob Glick
Rose Hanson
Meghan Horne
Julius Kairey
Ellen Kaminski
Austin Kang
Kristina Karabinos
Rotem Kimia
Ana Koff
Michelle Lee
Hei Jun Li
Lena Liu
Matthew Loring
Tyler Maley
Utsav Manjeer
Loren Matilsky
Devon McMahon
Gina Mercuri
Bradley Mills
Kelsey Mollura                                          
Ariana Munger
Zachary Nelson
Samantha Nguyen
Gin Park
Eric Pesner
Nicolas Ramos
Daniel Rohr
Daniel Rubin
Jonathan Schmidt-Swartz
Thomas Schultz
Blake Shultz
Alessandra Shuster
Diane Somlo
Tina Tianjiao Su
Julia Sylvester
Mengxia Wang
Wenhai Yang
Ruoxi Zhang
Amy Zheng
James Zou                       

Junior Inductees:
Kathleen Cruz
Haley Davis
Nathan Floro
Michael Fox
Sarah Gutz
Yuezhou Huo
Bryce Kobrin
Erica Masler
Tammie Siew
Dunedin Strickland
Swati Sureka
Artem Talanov
Aaron Wallace
Hilary Yu

Class of 2014

Junior Inductees:
Jamilla Akhund-Zade
Ragnheidur Bjornsdottir
Emily Cai
Jacqueline Carozza
Michelle Cho
Dylan Clemens
Cecilia Copperman
Emily Dando
Elizabeth Dingle
Abigail Fessler
Daniel Floryan
Michael Keating
Srinath Reddy Kethireddy
Jaclyn Lefkowitz
Andrea Liu
Robert McGehee
Peter Park
Thomas Rueter
David Sadoff
Andrew Sawires
Thomas Seo
Emily Shearer
Kirat Singh
Jiunn Song
Jillian Strayhorn
Ayaka Sugiura
Yoshiko Toyoda
Richmond Wong

Senior Inductees:
Moustafa Abou Areda
Claire Alter-Reid
Sarah Aquilina
Cara Berkowitz
Ariel Carmeli
Michael Chan
Yuting Chen
Zhongming Chen
Wanpaga Julie Chutatape
Rachael Comunale
Kayla DeLeon
Frederick Dong
Chris Du
Erin Ellis
Jason Ewas
Susanne Forbath
Rebecca Friedman
Naveen Galla
Dana Giannandrea
Emily Greenberg
Andrea Higdon
Kyle Higgins
Chantal Hoff
Laura Jakli
Andrew Joe
Peter Joe
Jessica Julich
Paul Lang
James Lee
Thomas Li
George Chao Ma
Ricci May
Christine McIntosh
Katherine A. Mello
Hye Joon Min
David Olshan
John O'Shaughnessy
Philip Perrone
Olivia Powell
Ekaterina Roze
Keely Sarr
Rebecca Shaw
Russell Silver-Fagan
Eric Silverberg
Hunter Swan
Jacob Tallman
Kristen Tierney
Zoe Valette
Moniek van Rheenen
Chong Wang
Alyson Warhit
Mindy Weiss
Alexander Wilton
Stephen Woo
Ming Xing
Xu Yang
Han Hee Yu
Jane Yu
Lisa Yun

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the selection of students to Phi Beta Kappa, please contact:

Andrew Lonsky
Administrative Assistant
College of Arts & Sciences
KG17 Klarman Hall
607-255-5004

Professor Daniel Schwarz
Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English
& Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
President, Theta of New York Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa