June 3, 2013 — Fourteen students were recently inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society at Allegheny College:
• Rebecca Bajkowski, of Fairfax, Va., biology major/Spanish minor
• James Baker, of Indiana, Pa., mathematics and history double major
• Aaron Haag, of Punxsutawney, Pa., biology major/philosophy and psychology double minor
• Nicole Hogan, of Painesville, Ohio, biochemistry major/psychology minor
• Annie Homan, of Oil City, Pa., neuroscience major/history minor
• Michael Kastelic, of Johnstown, Pa., biochemistry major; psychology minor
• Abigail Kmiecinski, of Webster, N.Y., history major/French and psychology double minor
• Juliann Koenig, of Pittsburgh, Pa., biology major, political science minor
• Casey Mazzola, of Rochester, N.Y., neuroscience and psychology double major
• Annamarie Morino, of Strongsville, Ohio, communication arts and political science double major
• Sara Polito, of Johnstown, Pa., neuroscience and psychology double major
• Brittany Rauzan, of Seven Fields, Pa., chemistry major/psychology minor
• Zachary Silberman, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, physics major/classical studies and astronomy double minor
• Dosalyn Thompson, of Palm Harbor, Fla., biology major; psychology minor
Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. The oldest and most prestigious academic honors society in the United States, Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 and has had a chapter at Allegheny since 1902.
Members of Phi Beta Kappa – about 10 percent of the students at the institutions with chapters — are elected from the senior class on the basis of scholarship and moral character. The breadth of a student’s program, as shown by high achievement in a variety of courses taken outside his or her major field of study, is a factor in election.
The 32nd oldest college in the nation, Allegheny will celebrate its bicentennial in 2015.