KINGSTON, R.I. – April 20, 2023 – The University of Rhode Island recently inducted 31 students into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society. Founded in 1897, the honor society initiates approximately 25,000 members each year on more than 325 campuses across the United States, its territories and the Philippines. URI’s chapter, founded in 1913, is one of the oldest in the nation.
This is the second initiation event for Phi Kappa Phi at URI in recent years. The chapter went dormant for a period in 2013 following the retirement of then-Chapter President Barbara Newman and was reestablished in 2022 by Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Systems Bahram Nassersharif.
“For more than a century, Phi Kappa Phi members have sought to make a difference in the communities where they live and work,” said Nassersharif in welcoming inductees. Nassersharif is president of the University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. “These individuals have been chosen on the basis of their superior scholarship and today we are pleased and proud that each has chosen to become part of this century-old community. We are excited to welcome them and to include them among the thousands of leaders and changemakers who have become such a vital part of this tradition.”
College juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible for membership in Phi Kappa Phi. In addition to credit requirements, juniors who are inducted into the honor society must rank in the top 7.5 percent of their class. Seniors and graduate students must rank in the top 10 percent of their class in addition to credit requirements.
Members of Phi Kappa Phi have gone on to win Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and numerous other national and international awards for service and achievement in their chosen fields. Some have served in the White House, United States Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to URI students, four faculty members were also inducted.
URI President Marc Parlange, who served as keynote speaker for the ceremony, expressed his admiration of the inductees, “It is an honor to be here today to recognize the achievements of our students and faculty. This is a prestigious group and I continue to be inspired by your passion for what you do and your commitment to our community and the greater good.”
Among the inductees are:
Allison E. Bailey, Communicative Disorders
Kelly N. Blauvelt, Communicative Disorders (Speech Pathology)
Tyler Cordeiro, Education
Jacob W. Derby, Pharm.D.
Elizabeth K. Gallagher, Communicative Disorders
Samantha L. Haramis, Communicative Disorders
Emily Jedson, Kinesiology, Dietetics
Audrey S. Lane, Early Childhood Education
Alana R. Nyhuis, Psychology B.A.
Stephanie D. Reed, Pharm.D.
Morgan Sanborn, Communicative Disorders
James M. Sternat, Finance
Emilia Zeyl, Anthropology, Art History, Spanish
Brianna N. Arabio, Elementary Education
Sasha J. Bosack, Psychology B.S.
Sara L. Doherty, Communicative Disorders
Krystal D. Johnson, Professional Leadership Studies
Kathryn E. McIntosh, Animal Science and Technology
Taylor A. Roberts, Communication Studies
Jessica M. Yang, Electrical Engineering
Jane V. Carrick, Biology
Emma K. Daly, Pharm.D.
Diana N. Fontaine, Marine Science
Michael J. Galuska, Mechanical Engineering
Robert R. Millar, Pharm.D.
Katherine Roche, Biology
Chelsea C. Russell, Nursing
Samantha P. Setta, Marine Biology
Elaine W. Shen, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Schane M. Tallardy, B.Arch.
Maraidh Anne Thomson, Law
Paul J. Whelan, Economics
Professor Mayrai Gindy
Professor Ammina Kothari
Professor Rainer Lohmann
Professor Soni Mulmi Pradhanang