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Twelve LSU Students to be Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

The Beta Chapter of Louisiana’s Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) society is pleased to announce the 12 LSU students who are its 2019-2020 members.

The Beta Chapter of Louisiana’s Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) society is pleased to announce the 12 LSU students who are its 2019-2020 members.

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. For more than two centuries, it has advocated the ideas of liberal education as a basis for a lifelong love of learning and a way to broaden the perspectives of students, whatever their chosen field of endeavor. The LSU chapter was established in 1977 as Beta of Louisiana.

Each year, new members are elected by LSU faculty PBK members from among outstanding juniors, seniors, and fall graduates who have followed the ideals of a strong liberal education by pursuing rigorous coursework in the humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, literature and foreign languages, with a high overall gpa. 

The 12 students to be inducted for the 2019-2020 academic year are

Amy Burke (senior)- Natural Resource Ecology and Management with a concentration in Conservation Biology and French; Shreveport, LA

David Hatten (senior) - English with a concentration in Literature; Ogden Honors College; Shreveport, LA

Bryson Jones - Finance; New Iberia, LA

Ann-Elyse Karam (senior) – Psychology; Alexandria, LA

Ava Karam (junior) - Biological Sciences; Alexandria, LA

Claire LaGrone (senior) - Psychology; New Orleans, LA

Danielle Leblanc (junior) - Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Criminology; Ogden Honors College; Pride, LA 

Gabriel Olivier (junior) – Economic (concentration in Empirical Economic Analysis), Mathematics (concentration in Mathematical Statistics), Political Science (concentration in Public Policy); Ogden Honors College; Baton Rouge, LA

Leonard Ray (senior) – History; Ogden Honors College; Baton Rouge, LA

Alexandra Shiell (senior) – Biological Science and French; Ogden Honors College; Metairie, LA

Rachel Welch (junior)- Biological Sciences and Anthropology; Ogden Honors College; Baton Rouge, LA

Kathryn White (senior) – Biological Sciences; Shreveport, LA

Dr. Drew Lamonica Arms, president of LSU’s chapter of PBK, remarked, “We congratulate these outstanding students for this recognition.  Membership in Phi Beta Kappa truly is a rare honor, as only 10% of U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and these chapters select at most 10% of their arts and sciences graduates to join.  So these students are in august company!  We look forward to recognizing them in person and celebrating their achievements.” Following Governor Edwards’ statewide stay-at-home order and the closing of LSU’s campus, the induction ceremony has been postponed to a later date.

LSU’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa also sponsors visiting lecturers as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program, including a recent lecture by Fr. Columba Stewart of St. John’s University.  For more information on membership and the activities of the LSU PBK Chapter, please visit https://sites01.lsu.edu/faculty/phibetakappa/.