October 19, 2020

Twenty students from the 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 that offer a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree.

They include:

From the Department of Biostatistics, Madeline Lee Chandler, a junior with a biostatistics major and study of Christianity and culture and medicine, literature and culture minors; Lucia Wang, a junior with biostatistics and linguistics majors and a mathematics minor; Jessica Caroline Aldous, a senior with a biostatistics major and a translation and interpreting minor; Rhea Manish Jaisinghani, a senior with biostatistics and global studies majors; and Yingyue Zhan, a senior with biostatistics and computer science majors.

From the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Adelle Caroline Schubarg, a senior with an environmental science major and a mathematics minor; Fiona Jane Wissink, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and environmental science and studies minors; and Katherine Horn, a senior with an environmental science major and geography and African studies minors.

From the Department of Health Policy and Management, John Richard Felkner, a junior with a health policy and management major and a chemistry minor; Sophia Hurr, a senior with a health policy and management major and chemistry and Spanish for the professions minors; Justin Alexander Gower, a senior with a health policy and management major; Randall John, a senior with a health policy and management major and a Hispanic studies minor; Rachel Ann Rezabek, a senior with a health policy and management major and a chemistry minor; Victoria Nicole Monge, a senior with health policy and management and global studies majors and a French minor; and Nikhil Rao, a senior with health policy and management and psychology majors and a public policy minor.

From the Department of Nutrition, Dalton Michael Craven, a senior with a nutrition major and chemistry and music minors; Alyssa Nicole Ho, a May 2020 graduate with a nutrition major and a chemistry minor; Alleigh Grace Wiggs, a junior with a nutrition major and a chemistry minor; Matthew S. Wang, a senior with a nutrition major and chemistry and environmental studies minors; and Sara Valentina Bernate, a senior with nutrition and English and comparative literature majors and a chemistry minor.

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 remarks by Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz, PhD, and a keynote address by biology Teaching Associate Professor Gidi Shemer, PhD. Due to the pandemic and local gathering restrictions, this year’s ceremony was held virtually and included a new inductee slideshow containing a recent photograph and biographical information. New members each received a certificate and a Phi Beta Kappa key — the organization’s symbol.

A total of 194 UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates were inducted this fall as new members.


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

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