FSU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts 147 new members

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Clark stands with newly inducted members of Florida State University’s Alpha of Florida Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa April 27, 2023, at Miller Hall.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Clark stands with newly inducted members of Florida State University’s Alpha of Florida Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa April 27, 2023, at Miller Hall.

Updated May 4, 2023

Florida State University’s Alpha of Florida Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa society welcomed 147 new members during an induction ceremony April 27 at Miller Hall.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society and membership is a rare honor. Only 10 percent of the country’s colleges and universities have a chapter of the honor society, and those chapters invite only 10 percent of its arts and sciences graduates to join.

“This is an amazing opportunity to be able to recognize some of Florida State University’s most high-achieving students,” said Annelise Leysieffer, Ph.D., president of the Alpha of Florida Chapter. “Through initiation, students promise to be true and faithful to the Society and to help elect future members who demonstrate high intellectual achievement and moral character.”

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Clark, the ceremony’s featured speaker, lauded inductees for their achievement. 

“To be selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa is an extraordinary accomplishment,” Clark said. Your invitation to what is widely considered the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society is hard earned and you should be very proud of yourself.”

Since its founding 247 years ago, Phi Beta Kappa members have embraced the pursuit of a liberal education and intellectual fellowship. They have included 17 presidents, 42 Supreme Court Justices and more than 150 Nobel Laureates — as well as artists, athletes, diplomats, scientists, innovators, and business leaders.  

In 1926, 10 faculty members from the Florida State College for Women, FSU’s predecessor institution, began a campaign to establish a chapter and submitted extensive academic documentation to the national office. The charter was granted in 1934 as the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in Florida. 

“Florida State University was built on a strong liberal arts tradition that seeks to instill a love of learning,” Clark said. That’s why it’s so appropriate that we are home to Florida’s very first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.” 

FSU’s chapter is one of only a handful among the nation’s 290 chapters that also have student involvement.

Student President Andrea Lopez and the Student Treasurer Alissa Kalyan also presented the Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award to a pair of FSU faculty — J. Perry Howell, senior lecturer in the English Department, and Brittany Kraft, teaching faculty in the Department of Biological Science.  

Ayush Singh, a biological science major, received the Marion Jewell Hay Award as one of the society’s top graduating seniors.

The 2023 inductees are:

Aidan Durity, Actuarial ScienceJustin Gonzalez, Meteorology
Aidan MacKinlay, HistoryKarole Vann, Editing, Writing & Media
Alexander Stewart, Political ScienceKatelyn Wix, Chemistry
Alexia Poposki, Literature, Media and CultureKatharine Thomas, Environmental Sci/Policy
Allie Beaudrot, Creative WritingKatherine Czahor, Psychology
Allison Keeling, Biological ScienceKatherine Kelsey, Creative Writing
Alyson Martinez, PsychologyKatherine Lowry, Behavioral Neuroscience
Amelia Woolley-Larrea, Editing, Writing & MediaKatherine Lowry, Media and Communication Studies
Anna Csikai, PsychologyKatherine Shannon, Political Science
Ashton Jeffers, Literature, Media and CultureKeilly Miranda Torres, Political Science
Aurora Karasulu, French and SpanishKelsey Mira, Biochemistry
Benjamin Lages, Literature, Media and CultureKennady Lang, Biological Science
Britney Berry, Linguistics and LanguagesKennedy Cross, International Affairs
Brittney Soukup, Classical ArchaeologyKristie Thompson, Computer Science
Carlos Campos, HistoryKylie Wasisco, Biochemistry
Carly Sweeney, Computer ScienceLily Childers, History
Catherine Jackson, Cell and Molecular NeuroscienceLily Gullett, Biological Science
Cathryn Ramon, Biological ScienceLindsay Johnson, Theatre
Chad Yagey, PsychologyLucy Morfit, Classical Civilizations
Cheyenne Lindsey, Classical CivilizationsMadelyn Davis, Psychology
Christina Cargill, PsychologyMadelyn Lester, Psychology
Christopher Franceschini, Biological ScienceMakayla Sydejko, Psychology
Christopher SanGiovanni, Computer ScienceMallory Malman, History
Cole Najjar, PsychologyMallory McLean, Biomathematics
Colette Santoro, PsychologyMaria Diyaljee, Editing, Writing & Media
Daniel Zuniga Gamboa, Cell and Molecular NeuroscienceMaria Guidubaldi, Behavioral Neuroscience
Darline Philius, Media and Communication StudiesMartha Zamora Micciche, Biological Science
Davis Cruce, PsychologyMary Fullenkamp, Editing, Writing & Media
Drew Poisson, Media and Communication StudiesMatthew Ortiz, Political Science
Dylan Thibodeau, PsychologyMegan Wang, Biological Science
Elise Marshall, PsychologyMia Gomez, Psychology
Elizabeth Geiger, PsychologyMichael Agrama, History
Elizabeth Sauer, Art HistoryMitchell Voelker, Meteorology
Elliot Weber, Editing, Writing & MediaMolly Turner, Behavior Neuroscience
Emily Zager, ChemistryMonica Ford, International Affairs
Emma Baker, PsychologyMorgan Gravlin, Psychology
Emma Gannon, Creative WritingMoriah House, Anthropology
Erin Scott, Environmental ScienceNatalie Harris, Psychology
Ethan Dubroff, HistoryNicole Cutlip, Theatre
Ethan Patel, Biological ScienceNoah Dubroff, History
Ethan Todd, PhysicsOliver Brooks, Creative Writing
Eva Sirlin, PsychologyOlivia Mei, Computer Science
Evan O’Regan, MeteorologyParker Folino, Media and Communication Studies
Evangelina Harbord, PsychologyPayton Spran, Biological Science
Gabriela Solski, Biological SciencePearl Ray, Psychology
Gabriella Fiore, PsychologyRachel Ramsey, History
Gabriella Hart, Biological ScienceRachelle Yombo, Political Science
Gabrielle Deutsch, PsychologyRandall Gaynor, Meteorology
Halle Gold, PsychologyRaquel Pauly, Meteorology
Hannah Gundelfinger, Biological ScienceRegan Johnson, Psychology
Hannah Stark, International AffairsRenée Rodriguez, Psychology
Harrison Betz, International AffairsRiley Smith, Biochemistry
Harrison Schwartz, Political ScienceRose Schuhmann, Psychology
Hayden Patrick, PsychologySabrina Ollerman, Theatre
Heather Touby, Literature, Media and CultureSamuel Willens, Philosophy
Henghua Xing, StatisticsSamuel Youngston, International Affairs
Holly Jordan, Computer ScienceSarah Eschrich, Physics & Astrophysics
Holly Vaughn, Interdisciplinary Social ScienceSavannah Johnson, Creative Writing
Holly Zeyl, Physics & AstrophysicsSean Cliff, International Affairs
Isabel Cottrill, Editing, Writing & MediaSean Hartman, Mathematics
Isabella Gomez, PsychologyShaheed Perez, Physics & Astrophysics
Jack Folwell, PhysicsShivansh Singh, Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
Jackson Cheplick, Classical CivilizationsSofia Roman, Biological Science
Jacob Theobald, PsychologySofiya Knox, Computer Science
Jaden Wise, Biological ScienceSonia Theodorof, Psychology
Jess Moorefield, Computer ScienceSophia Ward, Psychology
Jessica Moser, Behavioral NeuroscienceSteven Decesare, Biological Science
Jessica Stefanes Santamaria, Biological ScienceSydney Cunningham, Biochemistry
Jonathan Babich, HistoryTess O’Donnell, History
Jordan Hand, SociologyTyler Decker, Mathematics/FSU-Teach
Josephine Watson, Biological ScienceVincent Ramil, Political Science
Judah Bachmann, General LinguisticsWilliam Zak, Psychology
Julia Correll, Cell and Molecular NeuroscienceZanti Rains, Environmental Science
Julia Tamborello, Political Science

Summer and fall 2022 initiates were also recognized at the ceremony.

Alexandra Music, Applied Computational MathematicsKathryn Merritt, Computational Biology Science
Amelia Sieg, Computer ScienceKathryn Woodford, Biological Science
Ana Doverspike, PsychologyKelly Kunkle, Psychology
Belle Krubitski, Cell and Molecular NeuroscienceLaura Parces, Greek & Latin
Bethany Jones, International AffairsLiam Woolard, International Affairs
Bria Weisblat, Computer ScienceMia Bonet, Art History
Carly Lewis, Biological ScienceMia Jackson, Editing, Writing & Media
Elizabeth Frier, HistoryMia Mantel, Behavioral Neuroscience
Elysia Moak, Behavioral NeuroscienceNicholas Coamey, Psychology
Emma Curley, Biological SciencePeyton Harring, Psychology
Haylee Darling, Behavioral NeuroscienceSamuel Wenzel, Biochemistry
Helen Chen, Biological ScienceSpencer Hodge, Biological Science
Kamryn Reynolds, PsychologyVan Dekort, Psychology
Katherine Gaukhman, Environmental Science