Twelve Middlebury undergraduates were elected to Phi Beta Kappa in a ceremony over Fall Family Weekend. The fall 2021 inductees qualified to be Phi Beta Kappa members based on work completed over the past six semesters. A second induction ceremony for the Class of 2021 will take place in May 2022 for students whose eligibility is based on work completed over the past eight semesters.

Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. The Middlebury College chapter, the Beta chapter of Vermont, was established in 1868 and is the 13th oldest Phi Beta Kappa chapter in existence.

The new inductees:

Matthew Fliegauf, Boston, MA, Political Science

Mingjiu Gao, Beijing, China, Literary Studies; French (double)

Christian Kummer, Southbury, CT, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Nimaya Lemal, Bristol, VT, Comparative Literature

Matthew Martignoni, Newton, MA, International and Global Studies, Global Gender and Sexuality Track with a Concentration in Arabic

Benjamin Morris, Watertown, MA, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Andrew Ng, Woodinville, WA, Economics; Biology (double)

Ryan Opiela-Young, Portland, OR, Music

Mykhailo Poklad, Kyiv, Ukraine, Studio Art/Film and Media Culture (joint)

Josh Sims Speyer, Newton, MA, Chinese Language and Literature

Grace Weissman, Takoma Park, MD, Independent Scholar (Food Justice and Activism)

Xiaoyu Wu, Sichuan, China, Economics

For More Information

Middlebury Phi Beta Kappa Chapter