By Cole Hatcher; 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University inducted 23 new members into its Eta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society during a campus ceremony May 12.

That list includes Delawarean McKenna Roush. Roush recently presented with fellow classmate Genevieve Paulick on “Seasonal Variation in Abundance, Co-Occurrence, and Physiological Status in Eastern Red-Backed Salamanders (Plethodon Cinereus)” during the 2023 OSU Spring Student Symposium.

The new inductees join a historic organization that counts 17 U.S. presidents, 42 Supreme Court justices, and more than 150 Nobel laureates among its members. Ohio Wesleyan’s 2023 Phi Beta Kappa members include the following fall 2022 and spring 2023 graduates:

Ali Amer of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Alena Arnold of Jeromesville, Ohio
Audrey Calvin of Medina, Ohio
Daniel Eilert of Loveland, Ohio
Autumn Ford of New Albany, Ohio
Josie Fornara of Coshocton, Ohio
Max Goulakos of Solon, Ohio
Brooke Hall of Julian, Pennsylvania
Grace Ison of Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Kaito Iwasaki of Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Vincent Larente of Phoenix, Arizona
Jenna Leek of Cincinnati, Ohio
Rachel Leslie of Escondido, California
Teresa Martin of Rochester, New York
Nora McIntosh of Dublin, Ohio
Avery Newcom of Denver, Colorado
McKenna Roush of Delaware, Ohio
Navami Shenoy of Delhi, India
Isabel Solowiej of Amherst, Ohio
Graham Steed of Marion, Ohio
Myles Steed of Marion, Ohio
Nathan Sturgill of McDermott, Ohio
Harika Vandrasi of Dublin, Ohio

Nationwide, only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and each of these 293 chapters selects only 10 percent of their graduates annually to join through a highly selective, merit-based invitation process.

Based in Washington, D.C., Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, and its name originated from the motto “Love of learning is the guide of life.” Ohio Wesleyan’s Eta Chapter was founded in 1907.

The honor society’s mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Learn more about Phi Beta Kappa at www.pbk.org.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Honors Program at owu.edu/honors and its Phi Beta Kappa chapter at owu.edu/pbk.


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