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Phi Beta Kappa inducts new members

Thirty-seven graduates were inducted as lifelong members into the WVU Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national honor society that recognizes outstanding achievement in the liberal arts and sciences and champions freedom of thought. 

Group of students wearing their graduation gowns stand on steps with trees in the background

The following students were inducted during a ceremony on May 11:

  • Jaymie Adkins, political science and philosophy

  • Virginia Affemann, anthropology

  • Jackson Ball, social studies/secondary education

  • George Bradford, criminology

  • Heather Carpenter, psychology

  • Alina Carranza, forensic examiner

  • Emma Coiner, political science and philosophy

  • Eric Commodore, political science

  • Julia Condie, history, women’s and gender studies

  • Aidan Connors, philosophy and history

  • Erica Cottrill, English

  • Taylor Delong, international studies and philosophy

  • Olivia Dowler, history, Spanish and philosophy

  • Mikaela Eackles, English

  • Ingrid Fenniman, English and women’s and gender studies

  • William George, political science and communication studies

  • N'Diya Harris, psychology

  • Jacqueline Heil, philosophy

  • Jordan Howes, English

  • Gabriella Johnson, psychology

  • Lauren Keplinger, chemistry

  • Azeem Khan, political science

  • Gabe Leichliter, philosophy and history

  • Jessica Levinson, forensic examiner

  • Dakota Lichliter, criminology

  • Emma McLaughlin, psychology

  • Kristen McMullen, communication studies

  • Scarlet Mebane, English

  • Christian Miller, international studies and political science

  • McKenna Moore, anthropology and sociology

  • Garrison Phillips, political science and history

  • Tyler Robinson, social studies/secondary education

  • Madison Santmyer, international studies and political science

  • Benjamin Stackpole, philosophy

  • Madison Staten, international studies and geography

  • Quincy Williams, political science and philosophy

  • Rebekahlyn Zielinski, political science and criminology

Hayley Bockius, a biochemistry major from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, was awarded the 2024 Albert Lee Sturm Scholarship, a stipend awarded annually to a junior who has demonstrated academic achievement, character and enthusiasm while contributing substantially to the University and community. 

The funds were a gift from the late Albert Lee Sturm, a former professor in the Department of Political Science, supplemented by a bequest from Phi Beta Kappa alumnus John Malcomb. 

The country’s oldest honorary society, only the top 10% of liberal arts and sciences graduates are invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. The WVU chapter was formed in 1910 and it is the only chapter in West Virginia. 

This article is republished from MOUNTAINEER E-News — read the original article.