Twenty-One Students Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa at St. Mary's College

Submitted by Michael Bruckler on April 11, 2019 - 9:11 am
April 11, 2019
By Michael Bruckler

On Friday, March 29, 21 students (2 juniors and 19 seniors) were initiated into the Zeta of Maryland Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at St. Mary's College of Maryland, The National Public Honors College.


2019 PBK Initiates were: 

  • Elisabeth J. Bauer (psychology)
  • Reilly S. Cook (English)
  • Kyla G. Cumberland (English, international languages & cultures/French)
  • Melinda S. Grant (environmental studies, English)
  • Jacob J. Jaffe (English)
  • Katherine S. Kempton (international languages & cultures/French)
  • Mary H. Korendyke (physics)
  • Hannah H. Krauss (environmental studies, anthropology)
  • Roawn Limbach (environmental studies)
  • Rebecca Long (economics)
  • Joseph J. McManus (English) * inducted as a junior
  • Jennifer R. Mince (computer science)
  • Kenna Nguyen (biochemistry, biology)
  • Peter Orban (mathematics, physics) * inducted as a junior
  • Mary K. Robey (biochemistry)
  • Samantha Schoenecker (biology)
  • Leila Shirvan (biology, mathematics)
  • Zoe R. Smedley (English)
  • Noah H. Walsh (physics)
  • Jennifer M. Westbrook (music)
  • Rachel Yates (international languages & cultures/French, history)


The purpose of Phi Beta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest, most prestigious scholastic honor society and the first American society to have a Greek-letter name. The first chapter was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The St. Mary’s College of Maryland chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was chartered in 1997.