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In its final meeting of the 2023-24 academic year in May, the Hamilton Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa elected 22 members of the Class of 2024. Joining the other 27 members of the class who were elected in October and February are:
  • William Bloom, American Studies and Government
  • Grace Brophy, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Kimberly Chase, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Gabriela De Mendonca Gomes, Literature and Philosophy
  • Maja Domagala, Creative Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Catherine Fengler, Neuroscience
  • Grace Fuss, Economics and World Politics
  • Elizabeth Gee, History
  • James Griffin, Economics
  • Katherine Grissmer, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Liam Hudgings, Philosophy
  • Sarah John, Neuroscience
  • Emma Krupp, Economics
  • Kelly McElroy, Creative Writing
  • Lucy Naughton, Psychology
  • Oliva Otsuka, Environmental Studies
  • Natalia Reboredo, Sociology
  • Abigail Smith, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Julien Swoap, Neuroscience
  • James Thomas, German Studies and Mathematics
  • Johnathan Wilson, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Clara Zhou de Magalhaes, Biology

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honorary society in the United States. The Hamilton chapter was established in 1869, making it the fifth oldest in the state. Students are elected during their senior year on the basis of academic distinction in the liberal arts and sciences. In examining the academic records of candidates, the chapter considers the breadth of their engagement with the liberal arts and their fulfillment of the College’s academic purposes and goals.

Breadth in the liberal arts involves one course in at least five of the six following categories: arts, mathematics/computer science, sciences, social sciences, languages, and humanities. In each of at least three of those categories, the student will have taken two courses (including one at or above the 200-level).

In addition to studying broadly and deeply, a student must have completed at least six semesters of coursework with Hamilton faculty and be of good moral character to be eligible for selection.

The Hamilton chapter, comprised of faculty and administrator members of Phi Beta Kappa, normally selects up to 10 percent of the senior class for membership. 

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