By Andries W. Coetzee
Mar 31, 2013
Six of our undergraduate Linguistics majors have been invited to join the Alpha of Michigan Chapter of the national honors society Phi Beta Kappa. This is an honor that fewer than ten percent of each year's graduating seniors receive. The new Linguistics members are: Ellen Huntley, Molly Lockwood, Michelle Morgan, Frances Morton, Anthony Natoci and Dana Van Oostenburg. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely recognized scholarly honorary society in America. Founded in 1776, it celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The UM chapter, Alpha of Michigan, was founded in 1907 and has inducted almost 7000 exceptional students into its ranks.
From the Phi Beta Kappa information page: "Invitations to membership in the national Phi Beta Kappa Society are issued by the local chapter, taking into account achievement in the liberal arts as indicated by a student's cumulative grade point average, strength of curriculum, demonstrated proficiency in foreign language and mathematics, and other factors. The selection committee looks for evidence of both breadth and depth of interest in the liberal arts and sciences. A very high GPA alone is not a guarantee of election to Phi Beta Kappa .... Membership in Phi Beta Kappa lasts a lifetime and shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to freedom of inquiry and expression."
We are proud to count such accomplished students amongst our majors!