November 14, 2017
Thirteen of the 165 UNC-Chapel Hill inductees to Phi Beta Kappa, the United States’ oldest and most honored college honorary society, are Bachelor of Science in Public Health students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Inductees are studying in the four Gillings School departments that offer undergraduate degrees.
From the Department of Biostatistics are Emma Grace Crenshaw, a junior with minors in medical anthropology and chemistry, Arvind Sivashanmugam, a senior with minors in Spanish for the professions and mathematics, and Akshay Sankar, a junior double-majoring in chemistry with a computer science minor.
From the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering is Sanam Louise Kavari, a junior with an environmental health sciences major and medical anthropology and chemistry minors;
From the Department of Health Policy and Management are Anna Elizabeth Dodson, a senior with a chemistry minor, Shouri Gottiparthi, a senior with a chemistry minor, Pooja Dhanesh Joshi, a junior with entrepreneurship and Asian studies minors, and Anita Amin, a junior double-majoring in biology.
From the Department of Nutrition are Emma Astrike-Davis, a senior with a chemistry minor, Nishita Tushar Sheth, a junior double-majoring in biology with a neuroscience minor, Violet Simmons Noe, a senior minoring in medical professions and chemistry, Bridget Gallagher, a senior with minors in Spanish for the medical professions and chemistry, and Magdalena Rainey, a senior with chemistry and biology minors.
The recent induction ceremony featured a keynote address by Martin H. Brinkley, Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor and dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. New members received certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization’s symbol.
Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who has completed 75 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale) is eligible for membership. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify.
Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members from across the country have included 17 American presidents, 40 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 130 Nobel Laureates.
Phi Beta Kappa has 286 chapters nationwide. UNC’s chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest of seven chapters in the state. Each year, Phi Beta Kappa chapters and alumni associations across the country raise and distribute more than $1 million in awards, scholarships and prizes benefiting high schools and college students.