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Twenty-five Seniors Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Archives

The members of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Maine, have elected 25 students into its membership. Election is based primarily on scholarly achievement, and consideration is given to the student’s entire college record. These students were officially elected and initiated into Phi Beta Kappa at a ceremony held Friday, May 27, 2011, the day before Commencement.




Charles Anfin Berdahl
Rory Robert Brinkmann
Kanokwan Champasa
Emma Jean Chiappetta
Claire Adams Collery
John Seamus Connolly
Katharine Ann Doubleday
Molly Christine Homoki
Holly Johanna Jacobson
Ellen C. S. Kimball
Samuel Tufts Landis
Julia Morgan Littlefield
Duncan Banbury Masland
Kate Bryer Reichert
Rohit Balkant Sangal
Pawat Seritrakul
Alexa Nitzan Staley
Hannah Marie Stokes
Elyse Thompson Terry
Elsie Louise Thomson
Katharine Anne Verville
Emily Jordan Walker
Louis Seabury Weeks IV
Zachary Paul Winters
Lauren Therese Xenakis

These students join the following members of the class of 2011 who were nominated for membership in Phi Beta Kappa earlier in the 2010-2011 academic year:

Michael Christopher Barish
Caitlin Chien Clerkin
William Johnstone Cogswell
Kyle Edward Dempsey
Evan Charles Fricke
Maryellen Christine Hearn
Randy Michael Kring
Molly Anne Kwiatkowski
Laura Anne Newcomb
David Ariel Plotkin
Sara Joan Powers
Katharine Davis Ransohoff
Anne Elizabeth Rothacker
Kathryn Ann Shaw
Kevin John Stansky
Sharon Swain Ulery
Conor William Walsh
Yasmine Nicole White
Alida Jayne Wilkinson
Teerawat Wiwatpanit
Brian George Wu

The Almon Goodwin Prize, presented to a member of Phi Beta Kappa chosen by vote of the Board of Trustees of the College, was awarded to David Ariel Plotkin ’11 at the 2010 Sarah and James Bowdoin Day ceremony, held October 22, 2010.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the national honorary fraternity for the recognition and promotion of scholarship, was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. The Bowdoin chapter (Alpha of Maine), the sixth in order of establishment, was founded in 1825.

Election is based primarily on scholarly achievement, and consideration is given to the student’s entire college record. The total number of students selected each year does not normally exceed ten percent of the number graduating in May.

Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa are expected to be persons of integrity and good moral character, and must have completed at least 24 semester courses of college work (including 16 courses at Bowdoin).