Williams College Announces 31 Phi Beta Kappa Members

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 19, 2019—Thirty-one members of the Williams College Class of 2020 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, hometown, and major(s), are this year’s Phi Beta Kappa members:

Alex Benjamin Bank, Princeton, N.J., mathematics

Catherine O’Hora Banner, New York, N.Y., economics

Amanda Su-Jin Chen, Pittsford, N.Y., economics and psychology

Drew Nathaniel Cohen, Newton Highlands, Mass., chemistry

Michael Joseph Curran, Germantown, Tenn., chemistry and mathematics

Nicholas Cassara Goldrosen, Brooklyn, N.Y., mathematics and political science

Janelle Christine Gowgiel, Sisters, Ore., biology

Emma Elizabeth Hine, Chicago, Ill., Chinese and computer science

Brooke Eva Horowitch, Bethesda, Md., chemistry

Anhui Huang, Nanjing, China, philosophy

Minwoo Kang, Seoul, Korea, computer science and physics

Louisa Ann Kania, Cambridge, Mass., English

Calla Kim Khilnani, New York, N.Y., biology and Spanish

Ariel Koltun-Fromm, Haverford, Penn., mathematics

Jonathan Jeehune Lee, Severn, Md., chemistry

Katherine Margaret Mahoney, Charlotte, Vt., chemistry

Catherine Louise May, Dalton, Mass., political science

Joseph Thomas Moore, Stroudsburg, Penn., comparative literature

Grace Elizabeth Murray, Lawrence Township, N.J., computer science and psychology

Summiya Najam, Islamabad, Pakistan, economics

Matthew Cole Newman, Morristown, N.J., biology and computer science

Louisa Carolyn Nyhus, Waterville, Maine, computer science and Spanish

Jake Robert Rinaldi, Cheshire, Conn., Chinese and political science

John Griggs Romans, West Saint Paul, Minn., theatre

Whitney Brooke Sandford, Sudbury, Mass., psychology

Hannah Marjorie Tager, Brooklyn, N.Y., history and Spanish

Mariam Ughrelidze, Tbilisi, Georgia, physics

Fred Zehua Wang, Arcadia, Calif., political science

Xiwei Yang, Nanjing, China, art and mathematics

Teresa W. Yu, Chandler, Ariz., economics and mathematics

Alan Ye Zhang, Durham, N.C., biology and psychology


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.