Williams College Announces 29 Phi Beta Kappa Members

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 21, 2017—Twenty-nine members of the Williams College Class of 2018 have been elected into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. Membership signifies top academic success at institutions of higher learning across the country.

Based on cumulative grade point average at the end of their junior year, the top five percent of students in a given class are selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership.

The following students, listed with name, major(s) and hometown, are this year’s Phi Beta Kappa members:

Jackson Barber, mathematics, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Jasper Burget, English, Oakland, Calif.
Anna DeLoi, music and psychology, Plaistow, N.H.
Benjamin Decker, computer science and economics, Yarmouth, Maine
Alyssa Epstein, mathematics and political science, Austin, Texas
Sarah Fleming, mathematics, Brookline, Mass.
Rebecca Gunderson, English, Seattle, Wash.
Sumun Iyer, mathematics, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Richard Jin, economics and statistics, Monmouth Junction, N.J.
Arjun Kakkar, mathematics, Port Washington, N.Y.
Sichao Liu, economics, Grapevine, Texas
Stephanie Liu, computer science and economics, Novi, Mich.
Peter Lugthart, biology and economics, Rocky Face, Ga.
Eleanor Lustig, environmental studies and mathematics, Wenham, Mass.
Jonathan Meng, chemistry and mathematics, Canyon Country, Calif.
Anna Neufeld, computer science and mathematics, Memphis, Tenn.
Nicholas Post, computer science, Waitsfield, Vt.
Cassandra Pruitt, classics and psychology, Syracuse, N.Y.
Timothy Randolph, computer science and mathematics, Seattle, Wash.
Morris Reeves, Asian studies and economics, New York, N.Y.
Jacob Sperber, psychology, Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
Emily Sundquist, biology and mathematics, Salt Lake City, Utah
Madeline Walsh, political science and Spanish, Denver, Colo.
Bingyi Wang, mathematics and physics, Jiangsusheng, China
Benjamin Williams, history, Bloomington, Ind.
Jamie Wu, comparative literature, history, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sophie Wunderlich, history, Gaithersburg, Md.
Yinga Xia, economics and psychology, Chicago, Ill.
Tianlun Zhang, classics and political science, Shanghai, China


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.