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UB Students Inducted to Prestigious Academic Honor Society


Published May 19, 2022

Group photo of 2022 student inductees standing at the front of a classroom.

Phi Beta Kappa is widely considered the highest general academic honor an American undergraduate can receive. This year, a diverse and talented group of University at Buffalo students joined the ranks.

The 2022 class includes 84 College of Arts and Sciences and dual-major students. Inducted students join a cast of famous members like Amanda Gorman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Peyton Manning, Jeff Bezos, Ta-Nehisi Coates and more.

The new UB members were officially inducted into the prestigious academic honor society on Friday, May 13 on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus. The induction to Phi Beta Kappa is a testament to a student’s exceptional achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. Students are nominated to join by a selection committee under rigorous guidelines. In addition to being an undergraduate student who completed 90 hours of diverse breadth and depth coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, students must also demonstrate an intermediate proficiency in a foreign language.

The 2022 UB members include:

Absolom A. Abraha, Political Science BA, Sociology BA
Eric J. Alcalde, Linguistics BA
Hannah J. Anderson, Biomedical Science BS
Kara L. Anderson, English BA, Spanish BA
Nikoleta Antoniou Karademitrou, Psychology BA
Bradley B. Balk, Biotechnology BS
Natalie M. Barcia-Varno, Communication BA
Ritika Jigneshkumar Bhajiawala, Biological Sciences BS
Kylie K. Brosnan, Communication BA
Claudia Cabrera, Economics BA, Business Administration BS
Katherine A. Camper, Biological Sciences BS
Nadia T. Cannistra, Psychology BS
Savannah A. Chadwick, Political Science BA, Economics BA
Eric J. Cicero, Geological Sciences BS
Denice Cioara, Sociology BA
Zoe L. Cohen, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA
Sarah L. Comer, Biochemistry BS
Christopher T. Conklin, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA
Jada A. Dejesus, Psychology BA
Paul A. Dewan Jr., Physics BA, Biological Sciences BS
James R. Ellegate Jr., Biochemistry BS
Tibyan S. Elzain, Psychology BS
Emily E. Eng, Biological Sciences BA
Morounfoluwa B. Erinfolami, Philosophy BA
Michelle E. Eubank, Biomedical Science BS
Brittany Fenton, Psychology BA
Santina R. Gerstner, Speech & Hearing Science BA
Elizabeth A. Gilles-Thomas, Psychology BA
Ryan T. Glasser, Psychology BA, Mathematics BA
Krista M. Gliszczynski, English BA, Psychology BA
John F. Grabda IV, Economics BA, Chemistry BA
Lauren M. Guy, Economics BA, English BA
India L. Hamilton, Political Science BA
Alexis K. Harrell, Psychology BA, Sociology BA
Alexis Heng, English BA, History BA, Classics BA
Kaitlyn R. Horvath, English/English Education Combined BA
Zahin T. Hossain, Biological Sciences BA
Siana E. Jacobs, Music Performance MUSB, Biomedical Science BS
Rachel V. Jennetti, Media Study BA
Peyton C. Joyce, Psychology BS
Summiaya Khan, English BA
Kristen E. Kibler, Psychology BA
Samantha Klinkman, Mathematics BS
Srikrithi Krishnan, Psychology BA, Public Health BS
Madelyn G. Lemay, History BA
Sarah C. Lewis, Biomedical Science BS
David D. Lichte, Psychology BS
Lufeiya Liu, Statistics BA, Mathematics BA
Anna M. Markey, Spanish/Spanish Education Combined BA
Marion R. McDonnell, Media Study BA
Caitlyn A. Mckee, Linguistics BA
Shayna Mindell, Psychology BA
Netra Mittal, Mathematics BA, Economics BA
Snigdha Motadaka, Computer Science BS
Esther Na, Legal Studies BA, Psychology BA
Khanh Tuong (Haven) Nguyen, Media Study BA, Business Administration BS
Ava I. O'Hara, Psychology BA
Stella Oh, Art History BA, Studio Art BA
Adina R. Olbrys, Anthropology BA, Classics BA
Angelina M. Pacholczak, Psychology BA
Richard A. Pasternack, Biomedical Science BS
Brendan R. Perreault, Biomedical Science BS
O. Fiona Pratt-MacDonald, Sociology BA
Danielle K. Redfield, History BA
Michaela C. Rumley, Psychology BA, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA
Destiny A. Rust, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA
Haley E. Salandra, Speech & Hearing Science BA
Julia M. Shapiro, Mathematics BS
Brian Silva, Psychology BS
Jackson N. Slahta, Classics BA
Grayson W. Smith, Psychology BS
Hannah L. Smith, Studio Art BA
Kyle J. Sobon, Environmental Studies BS, Political Science BA
Eun-Myung Mary Song, Biological Sciences BS
Caroline N. Spaulding, History BA, Geography BA, Geographic Information Science BS
Aman Timalsina, Computer Science BA, Mathematics BA
Shanaz Uddin, Political Science BA
Thomas J. Vellek, Media Study BA
Sarah A. Wack, History BA
Brianna M. Walker, Biomedical Science BS
Zachary M. Zaharkin, Biological Sciences BS
Callista C. Zayatz, Biomedical Science BS
Xinyi Zhang, Mathematics BS
Cooper W. Zwanka, Political Science BA

Additional members from UB's Singapore campus will be inducted during a ceremony in July. They include:

Amirah Bagum Abuthahir, Singapore Psychology BA
Estherbelle Shi Lee, Singapore Communication BA
Mark Vernon M, Singapore Psychology BA
Li Jie Tan, Singapore Psychology BA, Singapore Sociology BA
Sabita Vijayan, Singapore Sociology BA

Founded in 1776, membership is touted as a mark of distinction recognized by graduate schools and employers throughout the country. According to Phi Beta Kappa, the organization is “uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education.”

For more information about Phi Beta Kappa, visit