Three Department Seniors Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is proud to announce three undergraduate seniors who were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa on May 17 2016. 

Ji Woon Park
(Earth Science Major)

Melissa Seto
(Environmental Science Major)

Kirsten Arnell
(Earth Science Concentrator)

The honor of Phi Beta Kappa induction is awarded to students who have, in the assessment of the Columbia University faculty members of Phi Beta Kappa, demonstrated both intellectual ambition and academic achievement.

Phi Beta Kappa is an honor society which was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.  Its original goal was the pursuit of “friendship, morality, and literature”  and it was the earliest campus group to adopt Greek letters (standing for the Greek words philosophies bios kubernetes - “love of wisdom, the guide of life.”) The society exists now to promote high standards of scholarship and to celebrate the liberal arts.  

To be elected for membership into Phi Beta Kappa, considered to be one of the most prestigious academic honor societies, students must be selected by a faculty committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on academic achievement and faculty recommendations. No more than 10% of the graduating class may be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Congratulations Ji Woon, Melissa & Kirsten!