Williams College Elects 46 Seniors to Phi Beta Kappa

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., June 9, 2015—Williams College has announced the election of 46 members of the Williams College class of 2015 to Phi Beta Kappa, the national honors society.

The society has existed since the 18th century as a nationwide organization honoring students of the highest academic achievement at the college level.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is granted to the top five percent of the Williams class at the end of their junior year; 25 students were elected. At the end of their senior year, students in the 12.5 percent of the class, excluding those already elected, were eligible for election; 46 students were elected. Those seniors are:

Sarah M. Abramson, computer science, Falmouth, Maine

Samuel T. Ambur IV, physics, Libertyville, Ill.

Ethan D. Borre, biology and music, Lake Bluff, Ill.

Chelsea D. Boydstun, chemistry, Appleton, Wis.

Erin E. Curley, phychology and sociology, Essex Junction, Vt.

Rebecca E. Curran, history, Rumford, R.I.

Benjamin J. Dalzell, economics, Hopkinton, N.H.

Samuel S. Devine, English, Bronx, N.Y.

Amber D. Ellis, geosciences, Bakersville, N.C.

Clyde W. Engle Jr., political science, Haiku, Hawaii

Charlotte E. Fleming, Chinese, Rumson, N.J.

Hannah R. Friedland, English, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Madeline J. Gilmore, English, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Nitsan Goldstein, biology and psychology, Robbinsville, N.J.

Andrew C. Grabowski, economics, Philadelphia, Pa.

Alexander Guo, economics, New York, N.Y.

Jennifer J. Helinek, comparative literature, Wyomissing, Pa.

Benjamin C. Hoyle, mathematics, Paris, France

Laurel E. Jarombek, history and political science, Riverside, Conn.

Anastasija Kovalova, economics and history, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Kelsey R. Leonard, art and English, Santa Fe, N.M.

Claire A.L. Lidston, chemistry and mathematics, Baltimore, Md.

Brandon V. Ling, mathematics and physics, Queensbury, N.Y.

Nile M. Livingston, computer science, Smyrna, Ga.

Kelsey A. Loy, biology, Seattle, Wash.

James B. Marvel-Coen, biology and English, Medfield, Mass.

Tara K. Miller, biology, McGraw, N.Y.

Adrian A. Mitchell, biology, New York, N.Y.

Erica L. Moszkowski, computer science and economics, New York, N.Y.

Moneesha R. Mukherjee, Asian studies, Mountain View, Calif.

Alexander K. Nanda, English and mathematics, Shreveport, La.

Sam D. O’Donnell, classics and comparative literature, Ventura, Calif.

Molly M. Pickel, English and environmental policy, Mount Kisco, N.Y.

Jaclyn D. Porfilio, computer science and mathematics, West Roxbury, Mass.

Raea E. Rasmussen, psychology, Tokyo, Japan

Bryn M. Reinstadler, chemistry, Helena, Mon.

Miho Sakuma, history, Tokyo, Japan

Gabriel O. Samach, comparative literature and physics, Larchmont, N.J.

Anna Jayne F. Solovy, English and history, Seattle, Wash.

Tyler J. Sparks, economics, Jarrettsville, Md.

Haley A. Stewart, comparative literature, Portland, Ore.

Zachary L. Stewart, English and music, Bend, Ore.

Phonkrit Tanavisarut, economics and mathematics, Bangkok, Thailand

Nathan J. Thompson, history, South Hadley, Mass.

Paige L. Whidbee, history, Pullman, Wash.

Jeewon Yoo, English and mathematics, Seoul, Republic of Korea


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.