Mercer Announces 34 Students Among Latest Phi Beta Kappa Induction Class

PBK Class of 2019

MACON – Mercer University’s Zeta of Georgia Chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society on April 5 inducted 34 students into the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.

Prospective Phi Beta Kappa inductees are usually seniors among the top 10 percent of their graduating class who have completed a broad range of liberal arts and sciences coursework, including foreign language study and mathematics. Exceptional students meeting the Society’s requirements may also be considered as juniors. This year’s inductees are:

  • Maria Z. Avramova, an international affairs and French double-major from Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Madeline Bobo, a global health studies and sociology double-major from Cumming
  • Rebecca Braun, an international affairs major from Simpsonville, South Carolina
  • Jiali Chen, a journalism and media studies double-major from Macon
  • Alexandria G. Davis, a communication studies and Spanish double-major from Buford
  • Meghan L. Duffey, an English and mathematics double-major from Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Erica R. Duncan, a Spanish and sociology double-major from Elyria, Ohio
  • Creed R. Dunn, a political science major from Chickamauga
  • Preston H. Earle, a philosophy and mathematics double-major from Tyrone
  • Matthew E. Halbert, a biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) major from Fayetteville
  • Devyn S. Harrod, a media studies and Spanish double-major from Atlanta
  • Emily L. Harvey, a journalism and law and public policy (LPP) double-major from Columbus
  • Lillian P. Hicks, a chemistry major from Thomson
  • Jeesa J. Joseph, a biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) major from Lilburn
  • Alexandra R. Kirschbaum, a political science and German double-major from Macon
  • Caroline G. Kittrell, a biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) major from Columbus
  • Phuc H. Le, a computer science major from Vung Tau, Vietnam
  • Whitney M. Massock, a physics major from Ashburn, Virginia
  • Jayla S. Moody, a journalism and global development studies double-major from Decatur
  • Cody A. Moran, a philosophy and Latin double-major from Guyton
  • Ange F. Nfankou Mvilongo, a global health studies major from Fayetteville
  • Carson R. Outler, a psychology major from Columbus
  • Bianca I. Perez, a German major from Sanford, Florida
  • Summer L. Perritt, a history major from St. Augustine, Florida
  • Emily S. Poole, a law and public policy (LPP) and sociology double-major from Bogart
  • Hoor A. Qureshi, a global health studies and global development studies double-major from Marietta
  • Ashlyn E. Rebel, a creative writing major from Peachtree City
  • Hannah L. Robinson, a neuroscience major from Stone Mountain
  • Julia S. Scher, a neuroscience and Spanish double-major from Cumming
  • Isabella G. Sullivan, a German and biology double-major from Marietta
  • Jessica L. Sumner, a psychology major from Macon
  • Mayah C. Waltower, an international affairs major from McDonough
  • Victoria Tarna I. Zander-Velloso, an international affairs major from Peachtree City
  • Zachary R. Zeisler, a neuroscience and Latin double-major from Cincinnati, Ohio

These students make up Mercer’s fourth induction class since the University installed its chapter and inducted its inaugural class in 2016.

Founded by five students at the College of William and Mary on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 alumni associations and more than half a million members worldwide.

Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. And only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these distinguished institutions are invited to join the Society, which makes the invitation process one of the most selective in the nation. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. presidents, 41 U.S. Supreme Court justices and more than 140 Nobel laureates.

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