Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 19 New Members

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2021) — The University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Kappa recently inducted 19 new members into the prestigious academic honor society. This year’s induction ceremony was held virtually Thursday, April 15, 2021. 

“I want to congratulate all of our students who are being honored here today for their hard work, their grit, their determination and continuing to maintain the highest standards in their coursework and their campus engagement, even under these extraordinary circumstances,” said Anna Bosch, chapter president, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of linguistics, during the induction ceremony. “All of us who join you here today celebrate your accomplishments and stand in awe of your successes. You have every right to feel proud of yourself and your hard work over your entire UK career, but especially considering this past pandemic year.”

Celebrating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and the most prestigious honor society that opens many doors over the course of members’ careers. It contributes to opportunities for lifelong learning and rounded lives outside of career. Phi Beta Kappa elects more than 15,000 new members a year from 270 chapters across the United States. There are also nearly 50 alumni associations across the country that allow members to continue active affiliation with the society after graduation.

The 2021 inductees are: 

College of Arts and Sciences

Jordan Bernard, Psychology

Sarah Danielle Bombrys, Mathematics

Michael Regan Di Girolamo, Foreign Language and International Economics

Matthew Alexander Friedman, Neuroscience

Usman Zulfiqar Hamid, Psychology

Maria Hyrcza, International Studies

Jaclyn Jamison, Psychology

Gretchin Anika Kepplinger, History

Eleni Digenis Lentsch, Political Science

Sophia Caroline Marcolla, Political Science

Laura Jean McAllister, Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Anne Marie McAtee, International Studies

Margaret Ann Merrifield, Foreign Language and International Economics

Morgan Rohleder, Mathematics

Sarah Hunter Ross, Psychology

Asante Ryan Ruiz, Foreign Language and International Economics

Dakota Oakes Selch, History

Gatton College of Business and Economics

Douglas Wilson Sarasin, Management

College of Engineering

Jacob Thomas Concolino, Chemical Engineering

You may view the spring 2021 virtual ceremony at this link: UK’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter is supported by the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Office of the Provost. For more information on membership, contact

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