Press Release

2019 Phi Beta Kappa Induction

May 10, 2019 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan celebrates the 2019 induction of students into Phi Beta Kappa – the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Nationwide, only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have chapters of the prestigious honor society. (Photo by Cole Hatcher)

Ohio Wesleyan Students Invited to Join Nation’s Oldest Academic Honor Society

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University inducted new members into its Eta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society at a campus ceremony May 10.

The new inductees join a historic organization that counts 17 U.S. presidents, 40 Supreme Court justices, and more than 140 Nobel laureates among its members.

Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019 Phi Beta Kappa members include:

  • Lauren Boedicker of Wadsworth, Ohio, studying chemistry-ACS certified.
  • Johanna Burr of Atlanta, Georgia, studying English (creative writing) and Spanish.
  • Marielle Buss of Rochester, New York, studying microbiology.
  • Kaylie Callihan of Cambridge, Ohio, studying pre-professional zoology and psychology.
  • Nina Carmichael-Tanaka of Saint Paul, Minnesota, studying neuroscience and psychology.
  • Anna Davies of Saint Clairsville, Ohio, studying English (non-fiction writing).
  • Alyssa Dipadova of Chesterland, Ohio, studying Spanish, Latin American studies, and politics and government.
  • Joe Emerson of Shelby, Ohio, studying computational neuroscience and physics.
  • Serena George of Palos Park, Illinois, studying pre-professional zoology and environmental studies.
  • Austin Hammaker of Lewisburg, Ohio, studying biochemistry and pre-medicine/pre-dentistry.
  • Colten Harvey of Shelby, Ohio, studying environmental studies and zoology.
  • Zafir Hayat of Karachi, Pakistan, studying management economics and mathematics (statistics).
  • Jack Hibbard of Valparaiso, Indiana, studying pre-medicine/pre-dentistry and biochemistry.
  • John Homan of Delaware, Ohio, studying sociology/anthropology.
  • Jade Jin of Qingdao, Shandong, People's Republic of China, studying sociology/anthropology.
  • Liz Knowlton of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, studying economics.
  • Eugene Kramskoi of Lewis Center, Ohio, studying computer science.
  • Katie Kuckelheim of Solon, Ohio, studying communication.
  • Maddie Lancaster of Lake Tapps, Washington, studying history education.
  • Margaret Michicich of Racine, Wisconsin, studying botany/microbiology (genetics).
  • Allie Niemeyer of Oregon, Wisconsin, studying environmental studies, Spanish, and zoology.
  • Tom Oggier of Potomac, Maryland, studying German studies, international studies (Europe), and politics and government.
  • Hilary Quinn of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studying finance economics.
  • Mikayla Robinson of Marengo, Ohio, studying pre-professional zoology.
  • Slater Sabo of Gypsum, Colorado, studying history.
  • Erika Shultz of Tiffin, Ohio, studying neuroscience.
  • Tessa Smalley of Vienna, Virginia, studying early childhood education.
  • Madeleine Sorrick of Hiram, Ohio, studying pre-medicine/pre-dentistry, pre-professional zoology, and biochemistry.
  • Savannah Travis of Bainbridge Island, Washington, studying psychology.
  • Diego Venegas Vargas of Delaware, Ohio, studying physics.
  • Ben Whitbourn of Dereham, United Kingdom, studying pre-medicine/pre-dentistry and pre-professional zoology.

Nationwide, only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and each of these 286 chapters selects only 10 percent of its 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 www.owu.edu/honors and its Phi Beta Kappa chapter at www.owu.edu/pbk.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.