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Twenty-three students will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa this fall.

Columbia College announced on Wednesday the names of 23 seniors who will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is regarded as one of the most prestigious academic honor societies for undergraduates. The honor society inducts liberal arts and sciences students from 286 schools across the country.

No more than 10 percent of the College’s graduating class is selected for initiation. The top two percent of the senior class, the Junior Phi Beta Kappa, are announced in the fall, while the remaining eight percent are announced in the spring.

Students are selected by a faculty committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on academic achievements and faculty recommendations.

The seniors selected for the Class of 2017 Junior Phi Beta Kappa:

Michael Abolafia

Paul Bloom

Christie Corn

Filipe de Avila Belbute Peres

Megan Felder

Jeffrey Gortmaker

Lauren Greenberg

Yubo Han

Zachary Heinemann

Emma Iaconetti

Weston Jackson

Mengzhou Jiang

Andrew Ling

Maria Mavrommatis

Kalina Misiolek

Dayalan Rajaratnam

Sarah Ricklan

Niklas Schwalb

Kate Seidel

Jacob Seidman

Carol Shou

Avinoam Stillman

Sophie Wilkowske

jessica.spitz@columbiaspectator.com | @jjspitz1

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