The Middlebury chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences, elected 50 students to its membership on May 27.

The Phi Beta Kappa prize, given to a graduating senior “whose scholarly or artistic accomplishment and breadth, and contribution to the intellectual life of the community, best exemplify the society’s regard for intellectual excellence,” was awarded to Hoang Minh Hieu Nguyen, a neuroscience major from Di Linh, Vietnam, who was also recently awarded the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship.

Student stands to be recognized among a group of seated students at an awards ceremony.
Hoang Minh Hieu Nguyen ’23, a neuroscience major from Di Linh, Vietnam, received the Phi Beta Kappa prize. (Credit: Todd Balfour )

Each year the Middlebury chapter elects up to 10 percent of the senior class to Phi Beta Kappa membership. Two percent of the class is elected in August, on the basis of six semesters’ work, and up to an additional 8 percent is elected in May, on the basis of work completed over eight semesters.

The members elected in May 2023 include:

Noel Anderson

Richard Francis Atkins III

Molly Isabel Babbin

Caitlin Elizabeth Barr

Eric D. Burchill

Qiting Cai

Jiayi Chen

Jay-Ho Chung

Alessandra Lynne DePaolo

Daniel Vaserstein Ellison

Rose Isabelle Evans

Sarah Scott Farrin

Rose Elizabeth Heald

Tim Tian Hua

Martha Katherine Hyde

Yuchen Rain Ji

Ella Ione Jones

Victoria Keith

Benjamin Knudsen

Imran Mohamed Ladha

Lily Hildegard Laesch

Hannah Cecilia Forest Night

Laga Abram

Andrew Finnley Lester-Niles

Firas Loan

Anne Kimble Lofgren

Adelaide Landis Mahler

Natalie M. Montano

Hoang Minh Hieu Nguyen

Abigail Kathryn Nix

Katherine Domar Ostrow

Haeun Park

Samuel John Pelletier

Donald Joseph Poulin

Rohini Prabhakar

Kristen Pundyk

Vera Rousseff

Paul Conner Ruffolo

Samara Rose Scharf

Samuel Robert Segal

Anthony Sjodin

Hailey Elizabeth Servadio Stern

Joshua James Stretten-Carlson

Kate Margaret Swart

William Carns Thacker

Mira Ann Vance

Miguel Angel Velasquez

Remi Z. Welbel

Eliza Blair Wieman

David Williams

Eleven students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa in October 2022.

A group of students in a large room standing and smiling at the audience.
Middlebury elected 50 students to Phi Beta Kappa on May 27, 2023. (Credit: Todd Balfour )

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