November 22, 2019

Thirteen students from UNC Gillings School of Global Health have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. These students represent all four of the departments offering the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degrees.

They include:

From the Department of Biostatistics, Donald Luke Fejfar, a junior with a biostatistics major and chemistry and biology minors; Ben Lee, a junior with a biostatistics major and a computer science major; Alicia Peterson, a senior with a biostatistics major and mathematics and urban studies and planning minors; and Eileen Jueming Yang, a junior with a biostatistics major and a mathematics minor.

From the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Vennela Avula, a junior with an environmental health sciences major and a Spanish for the health professions minor; Adam Edward Enggasser, a junior with an environmental health sciences major; and Duncan Conrado Quevedo, a junior with environmental health sciences and applied mathematics majors and a statistics and analytics minor.

From the Department of Health Policy and Management, Neha Aggarwal, a junior with a health policy and management major and chemistry and medicine, literature and culture minors; and Dimitry Igorevich Shitarev, a junior with a health policy and management major and a chemistry minor.

From the Department of Nutrition, Vince Ellington Friedman, a senior with a nutrition major and philosophy, politics and economics and chemistry minors; Sarah Jane Kuehn, a junior with a nutrition major and a Spanish for the medical professions minor; Serena Danisha Mahalingam, a senior with a nutrition major and Spanish for the medical professions and chemistry minors, and Hannah Therese Rayala, a junior with a nutrition major and medicine, literature and culture and Spanish minors.

Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. Less than 1% of all college students qualify.

The recent induction ceremony featured a keynote address from Terrence E. Holt, a research associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine. New members each received a certificate and a Phi Beta Kappa key, the organization’s symbol.

A total of 162 UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates were inducted this fall as new members.


Contact the Gillings School of Global Public Health communications team at sphcomm@unc.edu.

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