Fifteen elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Fifteen Cornellians have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most widely respected academic honorary society in the United States.

Elected were juniors Victoria Levasseur and Eli Wade-Scott and seniors Emma Egner, Kirsten Gierach, Marie Glackin, Christopher Handke, Joanna Loewen, Sarah McNutt, Laura Murnin, Alida Ogren-Gunderson, CJ Ronhovde, Andrew Tham, Emily Vinci, Jenelle Wagoner and Paul Worrell.

Cornell’s Delta of Iowa Chapter will hold its induction ceremony April 17 following the Student Symposium. These students will have their names added to the permanent plaque in Cole Library listing all members elected to Cornell’s chapter.

Election is based upon good character and a distinguished record of performance in courses that demonstrate a broad exposure to the liberal arts, i.e., the fine arts, humanities, languages, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences, as well as substantive work in areas outside the major. Phi Beta Kappa considers members of the top 15 percent of the senior class and the top five percent of the junior class. For more information, go to