On November 23, 2009 the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill held its fall ceremony to induct this year’s 146 new members, two of which are students of this department. Andrew Parker Morgan is a May 2009 graduate with a degree in biostatistics and biology, and Patrick Nathaniel Healy is a senior biostatistics and biology major.

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest college honorary society, is open to undergraduates in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements.

A student who completes 75 hours of course work with a grade-point average of 3.85 (on a 4.0-point scale) or better is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has competed 105 hours of course work and has a 3.75 grade-point average. Grades earned at other universities are not considered. Fewer than 1 percent of all college students qualify as members.

This fall’s Nov. 23 ceremony featured remarks by Dr. Oliver Smithies, Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UNC and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. New members received certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization’s symbol.

Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members from across the country have included 17 American presidents and numerous artistic, intellectual and political leaders.

The organization has 280 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 school and college students.

Phi Beta Kappa officers at Carolina for 2009-2010 are students Michael Williford, president; Analise Jenkins, vice president; and Rebecca Merrick, recording secretary. Dr. Robert Lowman, associate vice chancellor for research, is chapter executive secretary and faculty adviser.



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