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UK’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Inducts 49 New Members

By C. Lynn Hiler

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2022) — The University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) recently inducted 49 new members. This year’s induction ceremony was held Wednesday, April 13, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

“We are extremely proud of the students admitted to Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky,” said Anna Bosch, chapter president and professor of linguistics. “This honor recognized their hard work and their commitment to a broad liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.”

Celebrating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and the most prestigious honor society. It contributes to opportunities for life-long learning and rounded lives outside of career, which follows the society’s motto “Love of Learning is the Guide to Life.” Phi Beta Kappa elects more than 15,000 new members a year from 290 chapters across the United States. There are also nearly 50 active alumni associations across the country that allow members to continue active affiliation with the society after graduation.

“It is a great honor to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and to be recognized for our academic achievements in the liberal arts and sciences,” said senior history major Robert Vaughan. “Credit for this accomplishment must be shared with the professors and loved ones who guided and supported our pursuit of scholarship. We are privileged to stand alongside the members of this prestigious Society as proud UK graduates, working together with curiosity and creativity toward the betterment of our world.”

The UK Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa would like to encourage the many faculty, staff and graduate students who are Phi Beta Kappa members to get involved with the campus chapter. With an invigorated PBK chapter on campus we can develop campus-wide programming and take advantage of opportunities offered by the national office, such as their visiting scholars program. If you would like to engage with the UK chapter or receive communications from us, please reach out to C. Lynn Hiler, program coordinator for the Chellgren Center, or Anna Bosch,

The 2022 inductees are: 

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Sinclair Ashley.
  • Chloe Bales.
  • Rachel Bandy.
  • Zachary Bannon.
  • Sarah Barth.
  • Drew Beecham.
  • Kimberly Bosh.
  • Hanako Boucher.
  • Carla Bravo.
  • Johana Campos Sanchez.
  • Supriya Challa.
  • Jorden Coon.
  • Sophia Cosgrove.
  • Sereniti Coulter.
  • Carmen Cox.
  • Robert Crawford.
  • Percival Devereaux.
  • Riley Droppleman.
  • Meghan Goins.
  • Abigail Harkness.
  • Ryan Hassel.
  • Mihir Kale.
  • Eleni Karelis.
  • Stephen Mason.
  • AnaLiese Mitchell.
  • Olivia Morris-Bush.
  • Jade Nicely.
  • Lauren Nieman.
  • Casey Ott.
  • Elijah Raymond.
  • Brooke Saurer.
  • Jason Sikes.
  • Peyton Skaggs.
  • Elli Spanier.
  • Megan VanGilder.
  • Robert Vaughan.
  • Natalie Vincent.
  • McKayla Weaver.
  • Elias Weekley Cope.
  • Kaitlyn Williams.
  • Anika Anil Yadav.

College of Communication and Information

  • Olivia Ackermann.
  • Rayleigh Deaton.
  • Maya Elias.
  • Mallory Quisenberry.

College of Engineering

  • Dina Birioukova.
  • Elijah Rice.

College of Fine Arts

  • Isabelle Pethtel.
  • Patricia Saunders.

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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