66 Members of the GS Class of 2024 Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

On Friday, May 10, the New York Delta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society welcomed 66 new members at its annual induction ceremony.

May 19, 2024

On Friday, May 10, 66 members of the Class of 2024 were inducted into the New York Delta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (PBK) in a ceremony held at Faculty House. No more than 10% of Columbia GS’s graduating class is elected to Phi Beta Kappa each year by Columbia faculty members, and election is determined by exceptional academic achievement and strength of character.

GS Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch ‘90GS, who serves as Vice President of the GS Phi Beta Kappa Society Chapter, welcomed inductees, guests, and faculty before passing the microphone to Professor Sunil Gulati, Michael K. Dakolias Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Economics and the President of the Columbia College Phi Beta Kappa Society Chapter. Professor Gulati served as the induction ceremony’s emcee in place of Professor Patricia Lindemann, the President of the GS Phi Beta Kappa Society, who was unable to join the festivities in person.

Professor Gulati shared with inductees anecdotes from Phi Beta Kappa’s storied history, including the existence of a secret handshake, a call back to Phi Beta Kappa’s origins as a secret society. Dean Rosen-Metsch then returned to the podium to administer the ceremonial ‘Phi Beta Kappa Promise’ and award the Phi Beta Kappa Award, given to a student among the incoming Phi Beta Kappa class who exemplifies the society’s values, to Aimar Arizmendi ‘24GS.

“Providing an opportunity for outstanding students to develop their talents is central to the mission of the School of General Studies at Columbia University. We are so very proud of what you have accomplished in your time with us and look forward to following your lives and careers where your paths take you.”

Dean Caroline Marvin, GS Dean of Academic Affairs

GS Dean of Academic Affairs Caroline Marvin '16GSAS shared details of the Phi Beta Kappa inductees remarkable and varied accomplishments, from professional triumphs, to academic innovations, to exemplary records of public service. Among the faculty comments gathered during the Phi Beta Kappa nomination process, Dean Marvin shared “what struck me most in many of these comments is how you not only worked to advance your own knowledge and skills, but you worked hard to support and encourage your fellow students’ learning. You were described as ‘expert leaders’ who were so attentive to the humanity of your peers and experienced in how to support them.”

Following Dean Marvin’s remarks, inductees were formally welcomed into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. “Providing an opportunity for outstanding students to develop their talents is central to the mission of the School of General Studies at Columbia University,” said Dean Marvin in her closing remarks. “We are so very proud of what you have accomplished in your time with us and look forward to following your lives and careers where your paths take you.”

Class of 2024 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

Emanuel Arias-Goetzke, Art History and Visual Arts
Aimar Arizmendi, Comparative Literature & Society; English
Ada Baser, Political Science
Caleb Berer, Creative Writing
Rachel Bleau, Psychology
Matthew Botros, Psychology
Christopher Calabrisotto, Music
Gianna Campa, Psychology
Tse Ning Chang, Human Rights
Jacob Clay, Mathematics
Elli Dassopoulos, Comparative Literature & Society; Psychology
Asher Dayanim, Economics
Louise Desmarchelier, Sociology
Claire Diao, Sustainable Development
Ido Dvash, Economics-Statistics 
Bryce Fagel, English
Julia Fernald, Neuroscience and Behavior
Adam Frank, History; Political Science
Maria Del Valle Garcia Lopez, Cognitive Science
Gabriella Gregor Splaver, Film and Media Studies
Emma Grungold, Neuroscience and Behavior
Gabrielle Hodes, Sociology
Remy Kaldawy, Mathematics
Skye Kuppig, Film and Media Studies
Michael Landis, Creative Writing
Elias Legman, History
Ignacio Leon, Film and Media Studies
Peng Liu, Mathematics
Yifang Liu, Neuroscience and Behavior
Misa Lucyshyn, Psychology
Senia Magzumov, Art History and Visual Arts
Angie Maldonado Rodriguez, Psychology
Gabriel Mangum Lehmann, Earth Sciences
Ali Mintsa Younes, History
Ariella Mitchell, American Studies
Chris Nagle, Sociology
Sasha Newman-Oktan, Cognitive Science
Justine Nicholson, Neuroscience and Behavior
Astrid Obadia, Political Science
Jennifer Odum, Psychology
Matthew Oey, History
Thomas Ogg, Philosophy
Sofia Ongele, Information Sciences
Seoa Park, Biochemistry
Machaela Parkin, Human Rights
Chiara-Lou Parriaud, Human Rights
Siyuan Qiu, Applied Mathematics; Physics
Jaeli Rose, Biological Sciences
Clemence Roy, Human Rights
Hailey Schultz, English
Rebekah Seow, Philosophy
Raha Sharaflari, Psychology
Alisa Shodiyev Kaff, Comparative Literature & Society
Orr Shushan, Information Sciences
Sinziana Stanciu, History
Sorina Szakacs, English
Anatta Tantiwongse, History/Theory of Architecture
Lee Tzanani, Cognitive Science
Yucheng Wang, Computer Science
Xuezhen Wang, Computer Science
Miranda Wattier, Psychology
Sarah Wilson, Environmental Science; Sustainable Development
Emmanuel Wondimu, Anthropology
Joshua Wong, Financial Economics
Heyuan Yao, Mathematics-Statistics 
Hanlin Zhang, Economics


Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society, and its initials represent the society's motto: "love of learning is the guide of life." Roughly 10 percent of U.S. institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and among those institutions, only about 10 percent of arts and sciences graduates are selected for membership, making it one of the highest academic honors for undergraduate students in the nation. Today, the Society has more than 500,000 living members.

To be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, students must be recommended by faculty who work closely with them and are members of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Recommendations are based on the students' academic programs and their ability to support the society's ideals of academic, social, and community-based programs.